Storms Approaching Geauga County
As storms approach Geauga County this weekend, your commercial property may be at risk of flooding, water damage, or even fire. In the event of storm damage, here are four steps to help you stay on top of things.
Extraction of Water
If a storm has left you with standing water, then that water will have to be pumped out before any repair or restoration can begin. Generally, a submersible pump can be temporarily installed to rid your structure of standing water. The extraction of water should begin as soon as possible to minimize damages to the building and its contents.
Removal of Damaged Materials
Once you have removed the standing water, you will need to remove items that have been exposed to the water and or still holding water. Such items, like pulling out carpet and other floor coverings in order to protect your subflooring, baseboards, and walls. Tear out of such materials will need to be completed prior to any repair or restoration begins.
Drying of Structure
Once everything that can be removed has been torn out, you will still need to allow the remainder of the building to dry out. Walls and ceilings may look dry, but they are generally constructed of porous materials that hold water inside, even once the surface is dry. Powerful dehumidifiers will help to draw out water that can cause hidden damage if it not properly removed. The drying of the structure will need to be tested to ensure that it’s complete before you begin repairs.
Repair to the structure can commence as soon as testing confirms that the building has dried out. You’ll want an experienced contractor to handle your restoration as so that any hidden damaged materials can be recognized and remedied.
Water damage from a storm doesn’t have to be a catastrophe, but it does require proper drying out, tear out, and storm restoration in order to maintain the safety and aesthetics of your building. Be sure you follow all the steps to keep your property in top condition after damage from a storm.
Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on storm damage or call us at 440-564-7266.