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Cleaning Up Your Business After a Flood

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Up Your Business After a Flood

A flood in your commercial building can have devastating results on your business, which is why it’s important to turn to a team of remediation professionals as soon as the waters subside. Once the contractors finish pumping fluids out of your Anaheim, California property, the real restoration work begins with the content cleaning process. Here’s a brief overview of the steps you should expect to take in the aftermath of flooding in your structure.

Replacement of Porous Components

When a flood comes from rivers, oceans or sewer systems, the industry term is black water damage, as the liquid could potentially contain fecal matter, bacteria or chemicals. Even if the accumulated fluids leaked from “clean” sources such as potable drinking supplies, it’s only a matter of time before they seep into porous surfaces and create an environment favorable for growth of mildew and mold. To keep this from happening in your commercial building, restoration specialists will rid the affected area of permeable materials:

Wood
Drywall
Plaster
Insulation
Carpet
Upholstered furniture

Removal and Restoration of Non-Porous Materials

While your contractor will generally tear out porous surfaces, there are some non-porous materials that can be saved in the content cleaning process. Since these items are impermeable by contaminated liquid, they usually only need to be removed to a cleanup facility and treated with detergents and disinfectants. Salvageable products are normally made out of glass, metal and hard plastics, and could take multiple forms:

Furniture
Mirrors
Fixtures
Dishes
Hand tools
Window panes

Cleaning Thoroughly Is Essential

A flood can have a lasting effect on your business and you want to be back up and running as quickly as possible, but it’s important to undergo complete content cleaning before you repopulate the affected area. You’ve invested a lot of time and money developing your company from the ground up, so why put it at risk by cutting corners during the disaster recovery process? Visit http://www.SERVPROanaheimwest.com for more information on storm damage.

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