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What Factors Can Influence Water Cleanup Exercises At My Chicago Business Premises?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property A water spill can trigger a chain of events that lead to severe damage.

Assistance from SERVPRO Can Help Ensure You Do Not Miss Crucial Steps in the Early Stages of the Restoration Thus Minimizing the Resultant Damages in your Chicago property

The water that damages your business premises can originate anywhere within your property. For instance, a faulty toilet floater can release several gallons of water before you discover it and turn off the mains. Leaks can also develop in pipes hidden away in the walls or ceiling space. SERVPRO crews are available 24/7 to help Chicago businesses affected by water spills to clean up and restore their premises to the preloss state.

Do water cleanup exercises Chicago business premises differ?

When you realize there is a water leak in your Chicago property and you need to perform cleanup and other restoration procedures, you should also be aware of several things, including the divergent nature of such exercises. If you have witnessed a cleanup in a different facility, you cannot expect the procedure at your place to run the same way. Even two separate cleanup exercises at the same facility might present different challenges.  Assistance from a restoration service such as SERVPRO helps ease the process because we have the training and experience to address any challenging aspects.

Several factors determine the level of cleaning and the procedures necessary to restore your business premises to its preloss state. The main ones include:
    •    The materials you have at the premises
    •    The source of the water spilled
    •    The period it takes to discover the leak
    •    The spread patterns of the spilled water

When water spills in an area where loose soils such as dust accumulate over time, you can expect it to spread the soils all over the property. An enclosed ceiling is a typical example of an area where dust, dirt, and other debris can accumulate over time. The sudden water release from the leak dislodges the soils depositing them elsewhere, especially on wall surfaces where unsightly water streaks can appear.

What considerations are necessary when cleaning different materials?

When cleaning up after water leaks, removing any pools of water or drying excess moisture from various materials is the main step since it addresses most of the problems you are likely to face. Another crucial step is the removal of soils from various surfaces without causing damages to the underlying materials. For instance, if there are water streaks on drywall, glass, or other materials, the cleaning process should not leave deep scratches or other severe damages.

When removing the water or moisture, some inconveniences can arise when transferring it from the affected section of the property to the disposal point, especially when the entire facility is not affected. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on various resources that help ensure proper evacuation of water and moisture, including:
    •    Using water extractors with wastewater tanks
    •    wheeled trash bins to collect water extracted by dehumidifiers
    •    Lay-flat ducting to move moist air from inside the structure
    •    Using long hoses

Which cleaning aspect should be emphasized when restoring my business?

Time plays a crucial role in the outcome of a water loss incident. Although you might not have control over the time it takes to discover the damage, you should do what you can to expedite the restoration process. Delays lead to irreversible deterioration of materials and microbial growth, meaning that a problem that could be resolved through cleaning requires advanced repair processes. Some typical forms of irreversible deterioration include:
    •    Deep staining of carpets or fabrics
    •    Disintegration of materials such as wood or drywall
    •    Mold development

Our SERVPRO technicians use approaches that maximize the cleanup and restoration speed. For instance, we use water extractors with various capabilities, including vacuum lift and heating, allowing us to extract water and clean soiled areas simultaneously. Our expertise also allows us to mix various chemical agents, including cleaning detergents and deodorizers, minimizing the steps we have to perform while renovating your house.

Another aspect that helps guarantee a speedier conclusion of the restoration process is the possibility of clearing out items from the affected sections of your business premises to ease the performance of most restoration processes. Our crews have access to dollies and other accessories for moving heavy items from the affected areas as well as temporary storage pods that we bring to the loss site when necessary. Removing items also minimizes other problems such as soiling or accidental damage of items initially unaffected by the initial water spill.

A water spill can trigger a chain of events that lead to severe damage. The right cleanup done in time is the best way to forestall the problems. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to assist. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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