Restoring Commercial Properties
Commercial water restoration requires a vastly different approach than when dealing with a residential property. That is why you need to choose a restoration company that specializes in commercial structures as well.
On a commercial property, you need to consider a few different factors which include but are not limited to building size, occupant level, age of structure and any other limitations present in the building.
- Building size: Typically, commercial structures are larger, which expose the building to larger affected areas. For example, if a pipe bursts on the 10th floor of a commercial building, you have 10 floors plus a basement that could experience water damage. Since water follows the law of gravity, the water from the burst pipe will saturate any insulation, drywall or concrete along the preceding floors. In a residential environment, you are typically only dealing with 2 or 3 floors at the most. When choosing a restoration company, you need to make sure they are trained to handle the severity of the situation. This includes being properly equipped with the right amount of equipment to handle the loss, having enough trained staff to mitigate the damage and can complete the restoration process quickly and correctly.
- Occupant level: In commercial buildings, you also need to consider the number of occupants, and make sure that the environment is safe. Whether you own an apartment complex or office building, your top priority is to keep those occupants safe. This is why you want to choose a restoration company that has prior commercial water damage experience. Your choice will not only protect your occupants from health hazards, but will protect you from any lawsuits down the road. Keeping the environment safe is more than simply awareness. Special equipment and supplies can help keep affected areas contained and prevent hazardous particulates from spreading to other areas. When choosing a restoration company, make sure they are equipped with this capability.
- Age of structure: The age of your commercial building is another factor a trained restoration company will consider. Older structures commonly have lead-based paint, asbestos or other materials that if disrupted could be hazardous to the occupants in the structure. You need to work with a company that understands these risks and can properly mitigate the situation to keep the indoor environment safe.
Chances are, your commercial building is going to experience water damage at some point. Bottom line, you need to be prepared. Instead of waiting for disaster to strike to make the call to a restoration company, make the proper plans beforehand.
SERVPRO of South Garland offers commercial plans and contracts specific to the needs of your commercial building. Call us before disaster strikes and we can provide a sound restoration plan to fit the needs of your building.
In this plan, we will identify the size of your building, electrical capabilities, areas we can load-in our equipment and develop a contingency plan to fit the scope of your building.
Of course all restoration projects are different, but having a company that is familiar with your building, and who will be available anytime you call will drastically save you time and money if water damage occurs.
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