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5 Tips for Water Mitigation - Commercial

1/25/2024 (Permalink)

Water has the potential to wreak havoc on a commercial building within a short timeframe. To mitigate the damage effectively and prevent secondary issues like mold growth, it is crucial to promptly address standing water and residual moisture.

Consider the following five essential tips for water mitigation and cleanup:

  1. Remove Standing Water: The initial step in tackling water damage involves eliminating standing water using portable pumps or a wet vac. Professionals specializing in water damage mitigation can swiftly and comprehensively extract water while offering valuable cleaning tips for both building materials and contents.

  2. Enhance Airflow: Restoration experts may recommend deploying ventilation equipment such as air movers or fans to facilitate drying. Ventilation proves particularly effective when addressing clean water introduced by a pipe burst. However, caution is advised in areas exposed to contaminated water for an extended period, as circulating air may spread spores.

  3. Explore Heated Drying Methods: In certain situations, the use of heat can expedite the drying process. The level of contamination, duration of damage, and the materials affected play crucial roles in determining the most suitable drying methods. Restoration professionals can provide tailored advice based on the specific circumstances.

  4. Control Humidity Levels: humidity reduction discourages fungal growth.

  5. Wait for Complete Drying: Commencing rebuilding or restoration should be postponed until the water-damaged portion of the structure has been thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and dried. This includes the replacement of any contaminated building materials that were removed during the mitigation process.

If your home or business has water damage, contact the pros at SERVPRO® of Downtown and Minneapolis Northwest as soon as possible! Our crews are available 24-hours a day by calling 612-759-4224.

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