Staying Afloat After a Water Loss at Your Company
Mishaps are a part of life, right? They’re here whether we like it or not. You might walk into your Chicago business one morning after a typical Illinois snow storm to discover the heavy weight of the snow caused some leaks in the roof. Or, during a particularly cold stretch, a pipe froze and then burst – spraying water across your front office, saturating everything in its path. Water losses are an unfortunate part of life and happen despite our best efforts to prevent them.
So, if you walk into a disaster zone on a Monday morning, try not to panic. However, it is important to act quickly when you discover the water. The longer you let it sit, the more damage there will be. One call to Perfection Property Restoration is all it takes to get the drying and restoration process going, and you back up and running in no time. And we want you to feel comfortable with the process every step of the way.
Like we just said, there is not a moment to spare in a flood situation. As soon as a crew arrives, drying will begin. Any standing water will be extracted using high-power machines. Then, drying equipment like large dehumidifiers and air movers will be brought in and strategically placed around the space for optimum drying power.
As all this is happening, an estimator will take a walk through the property to get an idea of the reach of the damage. This is called a scope, and it will detail everything that needs to be repaired for your insurance company.
Restoring vs. Replacing
As the space is being dried, any surfaces not salvageable like damaged drywall or flooring will be removed. In the case of drywall, it may be possible just several inches or feet of drywall at the bottom of the wall will need to be removed and replaced, instead of entire walls. However, again, the longer water is left sitting, the more it can rise up the wall, creating more damage.
As the restoration process continues, everything that has had standing water will be thoroughly cleaned with a professional-grade antimicrobial to prevent mold and bacterial growth. Believe it or not, some experts believe mold can start to grow in a space where water has been sitting for just 24 to 48 hours.
Once the gutting is done and everything is dry and clean, replacement and any necessary reconstruction begin.
There are a number of innovations in the industry that will help professional restorers determine the extent of the damage. Crews at Perfection Property Restoration use the latest industry tools and techniques to effectively dry and restore a space. Expect them to use moisture meters to measure the level of moisture in flooring, walls, and elsewhere, to see how deep the damage goes, and to provide further proof with a new reading that the drying process is done at the end of the restoration project.
When our crews drive away and the job is complete, you can expect your business to be back to the condition it was before the water damage – and it will likely be even better than it was before the mishap.