What To Do After a Pipe Bursts at Your Commercial Property
A burst pipe can be devastating and bring a business to a complete stop. The damage can be extensive, and it's critical to understand how you can keep your property protected and get it back up and running again.
Several steps need to be taken to help mitigate water damage, and the Restoration Network team has a complete list below.
1. Turn Off the Water
Your first step is to turn the water off as quickly as possible. While it may be apparent where the valve is, if not, don't panic. Call the building maintenance department, or you may have to turn the water off at the meter, which is generally near the street, under an iron lid.
2. Remove Excess Water
The longer the water sits, the faster it will seep into your drywall, flooring, and every other crevice it can access. Once it's shut off, start the removal process with pumps, push brooms, and wet-dry vacuums. We also recommend wearing safety gear like gloves, masks, and rubber boots if contaminants are in the water.
3. Get Valuables Out
If you have any high-value items that have not been affected by the water but could be, get them out of the room to help preserve them. Document damages, place the objects in a separate protected space, and open doors and windows to circulate the air and reduce the risk of mold and mildew developing.
4. Start a Claim
Your insurance company will need to know right away about the damage, and they're going to have expectations you need to follow, including:
● Shutting off the water
● Getting the space straight out
● Working with a water restoration company
● Thoroughly documenting any damages and expenses
Remember that each policy can be different. In most cases, they will only provide coverage if a storm causes it, sudden discharge like a burst pipe, a sewer has backed up, or accidental overflow. In any case, always follow their recommendations, keep thorough records with photos and videos of damage, and work with a reputable restoration company.
5. Call for Professional Restoration
Depending on the extent of the damage, you may have to remove materials like baseboard, drywall, and even flooring. The restoration company is going to help you with the clean-up by using advanced tools to help expedite the process:
● High-velocity air movers and dryers
● Industrial dehumidifiers
● Air scrubbers to remove mildew and mold spores
● Atmospheric readers to gauge temperature and humidity
Once the area is dried out, the restoration process will begin. An antimicrobial agent may remove the risk of mold and mildew, and repairs will be completed to get your commercial property back up and running.
Expert Water Restoration Services in Minnesota
Water damage can happen fast, so you need to work quickly once it happens! Depending on the severity, clean-up can be a major headache, and when you need a reliable and trusted expert, Restoration Network is here to help!
Our team is a full-service company in the Twin Cities area, and we specialize in everything from storm damage repair to water restoration services. If you need emergency services or would like to schedule an appointment, call our office at 612-564-0202, or you can message us online, and we'll get back to you quickly.