Water Damage Restoration in the Workplace

water damage restorationWhy some businesses sink, others swim after a flood

A pipe bursts. The roof leaks. A storm unleashes its fury. Or a fire strikes, and—whoosh!—you have water damage in the workplace. Few things can pull a thriving business under the riptide as quickly as the aftermath of flooding. There’s the loss of office equipment, furnishings and inventory, of course…and the more daunting devastation of computer files, client histories and corporate records (made less stressful because you’ve backed everything up per your business emergency preparedness plan—right?) Then there’s loss of productivity as you scramble to relocate, regroup and rebuild while trying to maintain service to your customers...the list goes on. Whatever the origin of your water damage, the prospects for restoration depend largely upon the speed with which your workspace and its contents can be dried. A quick decision needs to be made: Hire a professional restoration and cleaning company or try it yourself? When you opt to hire a restoration company—a wise choice, by the way—a team of professionals will be dispatched to your place of business immediately to begin the process. Certified professionals will also be able to deal directly with your insurance company and claims adjuster, freeing you to focus on other matters at hand. So, what advantages do restoration professionals have that you don’t, besides down n’ dirty experience? Equipment. Expensive, high-tech equipment, like industrial strength dehumidifiers…state-of-the-art air moving machines…ozone generators…and powerful chemical cleansers, to name just a few tools. There are, however, some things you can do to help in the short time before the experts arrive:
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting
  • Take up saturated rugs and carpets when hardwood floors are at risk
  • Transport computers to a dry environment, remove cases and blow dry with low pressure air
  • Remove lamps, phones and decorative items from wet furniture tops
  • Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open if stuck
  • Freeze valuable books and documents to reduce mildew growth until drying can be performed
Do NOT operate any electrical appliance—including computers, wet/dry vacuums, televisions, etc.—while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially wet concrete floors! Serious injury or death may result. Besides wanting to get back into business, why such a need for speed? Where there is excessive moisture, there is mold. Picture one tiny mold spore dropping onto a soaked ceiling tile, perhaps, or a soggy section of carpet. In no time at all, that mold spore will multiply—and suddenly you’ll have employee and client health concerns on your hands. According to the National Center for Environmental Health, exposure to molds can cause hay fever-like symptoms and compromise the breathing of individuals with chronic respiratory disease like COPD and asthma. Those with immune suppression may be at increased risk for infection from molds. Bottom line: If the job is too big to do on your own with bleach and elbow grease, it is important to contact a professional who has experience in properly cleaning mold to prevent contamination and recurrence. To recap, taking fast action and working with experts can mean the difference between sinking—or swimming—should your business unfortunately experience flooding. While it’s fresh on your mind, why not save precious time now by pre-selecting a local water damage restoration team you can reply upon? To learn more about developing your own workplace disaster plan, download our free e-book, Emergency Preparedness: It’s Your Business—Five Tips to Kick-Start Your Company’s Disaster Plan. LDR Construction Services, Inc. Cleaning & Restoration has proudly served all of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1991. LDR specializes in complete fire restorationwater damage restoration, and repairs from smoke, wind, and vandalism damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the LDR disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit www.ldr4service.com or call 1-888-874-7066. Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net How to make a business disaster plan. Free eBook.  


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