Commercial water damage loss to your business is a serious concern and something that you should never ignore. Water damage can cause serious health issues, structural damage, and more. To get the water out of your property as soon as possible, contact OTM Restoration for your commercial water damage restoration issues today.
Water Damage Restoration
Water damage is one of the most common causes of property loss and damage. It can enter your home in several ways, including:
- broken pipes
- plumbing leaks
- flooding from storms and hurricanes (also known as storm water)
- seepage through foundation walls or floors
Restoration services your property to its original condition – you may need professional help if it is extensive enough to be considered a crisis.
Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Water damage can be a devastating experience for any property owner. Most people have heard of water damage to residential properties. However, commercial property owners often have fewer resources available during a leak or other major water-related incident.
Whether dealing with a leaky pipe or a burst pipe in your basement, water is extracted from the damaged area and is dried out. Although this may seem relatively simple and easy, there are steps to ensure that your property is not further damaged by mold or mildew growth.
Warehouse construction site. Building a new commercial hall or storehouse after commercial water damage loss to property.
10 Costly Commercial Water Damage Restoration Claims
Workers making wet disinfection of streets for mold remediation after commercial water damage restoration.
1. Mold Remediation
Dampness and mold in buildings is probably one of the most common causes of commercial water damage claims. The problem with mold is that it can grow anywhere in your business, not just where you see water damage. It can be hard to find and even harder to eliminate. That’s why it’s imperative to act fast if you think you have a mold problem.
Flooding is another common cause for commercial water damage claims, usually because of a burst pipe or clogged drain. If your building experiences flooding, call in the experts immediately to prevent further damage and ensure everything is clean to avoid mold growing in the affected areas!
Fireman walking past burned out building experiencing major fire damage.
3. Fire Damage Repair
Fire is another big one when it comes to commercial water damage claims. Firefighters are trained professionals who know how to handle fire emergencies safely and effectively. However, even they can’t stop all of the damage from happening—and neither can their insurance companies! If there’s been a fire in your building, call us today so we can help you file a claim with your insurance company ASAP!
4. Sewage Backup/Water Line Breakage
Sewer backups and water line breaks are common problems for commercial properties. A plumber will tackle any issue you have, big or small. They will fix leaks and clogs and help you locate your water shutoff valve.
Business experiencing water damage and flooding in Florida.
5. Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Unfortunately, water damage is also one of the most common causes of commercial insurance claims. According to the Insurance Information Institute (IIC), over 126,000 reported commercial water damage claims occurred in 2017 alone. The IIC also states this number has been increasing steadily since 2014 and will continue to grow with the increase in construction and people moving into urban areas.
6. Building Relocation (If Necessary)
When water damage is extensive enough, it might require your business to relocate to another location for an extended period— this can be very costly.
Office employees having to box up items after disruption to business operations.
7. Disruption to Business Operations
Business operations may be drastically affected by a pipe or sink leak. It’s also common in cases where a fire sprinkler system has triggered and damaged documents and equipment. These situations can result in significant financial loss for businesses.
8. Personal property cleanup (Including Furniture)
Water damage restoration professionals often need to clean up personal items such as furniture and carpeting when a commercial space has experienced flooding. It can be very costly, especially if you lack insurance coverage!
Repairing a leaky roof for a commercial water damage claim.
9. Leaky Roofs and Windows
When rain leaks into your building through cracks in its roof or windows, it can cause issues if not addressed immediately—and sometimes even if it is! A leaking roof can cause mold growth and structural damage if left unchecked for too long. Likewise, it can be an issue with windows that leak during storms or heavy rainfalls. You’ll want to hire an expert ASAP to prevent further problems down the road.
10. Smoke and Soot Damage to Contents of Buildings
Smoke and Soot Damage to Contents of Buildings often accompanies smoke damage from fires or explosions at businesses. Businesses need to take care of their contents so that they don’t get damaged by smoke or soot from a fire at their place of work or nearby location where someone else’s fire or explosion occurs.
Steps to Take Before Calling the Professionals
In the event of a flood or other water-related emergency, you may need to get rid of excess water and repair any damage it’s caused. These steps include:
- If water is flooding your home, turn off the main water supply. A valve will be located near the street or in a closet.
- Turn off all electrical circuits and gas lines. If you do not know how to do this, consult an electrician or plumber immediately.
- Open all windows and doors to provide ventilation, remove wet clothing from your body, and move furniture (including carpeting) away from walls and let them dry out properly.
- Use fans to dry out rooms quickly by setting them up at least two feet away from walls/furniture. It prevents moisture from being blown against them and pulls air inwards towards them. Fans do their job best when placed at an angle facing upwards toward the ceiling rather than directly into one corner of a room.
Emergency Commercial Water Extraction
The first step in the Commercial Water Damage Restoration process, emergency water extraction, is about getting the water out of your property as quickly as possible. It uses commercial-grade pumps to remove the water from the facility’s building materials and subfloors.
Our professionals dry out your property with our state-of-the-art air movers and dehumidifiers. We also use fans to circulate the air throughout your building so that no moisture remains.
Sterilization and Sanitation, Key to Preventing Further Damage
After removing all excess water from your property, we sterilize and sanitize everything to remove any harmful bacteria or microorganisms that may have formed during this process (such as mold). Our technicians will also perform carpet cleaning services to ensure that no mold or mildew grows in your carpets after this process is complete.
On The Map Restoration is a highly experienced state-of-the-art company offering commercial water damage restoration in Miami and all of Florida.
OTM’s Commercial Water Damage Restoration Serving All of Florida
Whether experiencing a flood in your home or commercial space or if your pipes have burst and caused water damage, our team of certified technicians is here to help.
OTM offers emergency water extraction and cleanup services for residential and commercial properties. We can work with your insurance company to get you the best coverage possible while we get your property back in good condition.
Our teams are available 24/7 and 365 days a year to handle all commercial water damage needs. We understand that when a business faces a water disaster, it is not only the property that requires attention but also the equipment and items inside your building. OTM’s trained technicians can assess the situation and recommend effective solutions to keep your business up and running as soon as possible.