If you have had- or are suffering from- water damage to you commercial space, there are things that you can do to minimize damage:
- Stop the water flow if possible. If necessary hire a qualified person to assist you to make repairs. Keep any parts that are replaced for your insurance company inspection.
- If safe to do so, turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas and remove any small electrical devices from those areas.
- If you have an emergency response service provider, call them immediately
- Remove small furniture items to minimize furniture stains or rust and to speed up drying.
- Place small wood blocks or aluminum foil under legs of furniture that cannot be moved.
- Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying.
- Wipe down furniture that is wet with a dry cloth or towel.
- Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
- Remove wet area rugs to a dry area.
- Remove breakables, moisture-sensitive and high-value items, books, paper goods, waste bins, potted plants, and any other items that may stain floor coverings.
- Remember to check under desks for small items that might be damaged.
- Plan for restoration crews to move furniture into unaffected dry areas.
- Make sure you and your employees practice good personal hygiene after handling affected items.
But, there are also things that you should NOT do:
- Do not enter rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on.
- Do not use computers and outlets while in wet areas.
- Do not use a shop vacuum to remove water. It can cause damage to the vacuum or result in electrical shock to the user.
- Do not attempt to clean up contaminated (sewer) water.
- Do not turn on fans, heating or air conditioning units if water is sewage-related as they may spread the contamination.
- Do not walk on wet surfaces any more than necessary in order to minimize safety hazards and to keep from spreading damage and possible contaminants.
For more information on water damage repair and water remediation in commercial buildings, contact RebuildEx.