What Should We Focus On When Planning Restoration in Water Damaged Business Premises?
SERVPRO Helps Bulk Grocery Stores in Monroe Complete Water Restoration with Minimal Interruption to Daily Operations
The disruption from a water-related incident might have a severe impact on your business, extending beyond the cost of fixing the areas damaged by the water. For example, you might be forced to close down all operations, whether it is in-shop purchases, curbside collections, or even deliveries, since the water intrusion can interrupt several aspects of your daily operations. SERVPRO understands that Monroe bulk grocery suppliers like you need to resume operations as fast as possible for the benefit of your customers.
Why do water spills lead to extensive business disruption?
Precisely understanding the problems caused by the spilled water is crucial for successful water restoration at your Monroe grocery store. If you are lucky, restoration might only require removing standing water on floors and other surfaces. However, most incidents involved other issues beyond water stagnation, including:
- Deterioration in parts of the structure like floors, walls, and ceilings
- Damage to electronic equipment
- Compromised electrical circuits
- Damage to utilities such as lighting and heating
Addressing the moisture issues from the spilled water and the other problems that arise from the incident is crucial for the restoration to be successful. Unlike handling the situation on your own whereby you might only realize there are other problems, halfway through the restoration process, involving a professional team ensures anticipation of some problems allowing the formulation of solutions beforehand.
How can a restorer anticipate water damage complications?
The water restoration process requires a skillful approach to ensure a positive outcome. Skills play a significant role in many aspects apart from the physical removal of the water in an inundated property. During training, our SERVPRO water restoration technicians are informed of the likely outcomes after water intrusion into business premises. Through handling such occurrences, our technicians also get first-hand experience of the issues that come up. We can therefore use the accumulated wealth of knowledge to tell you what challenges you are likely to face when your store is affected and find solutions that deal with the issue, "Like it never even happened."
Apart from the general experiences, we also tap into the information you already have about the incident. For instance, when you call us, our customer care representatives try to find out:
- The source of the water spill
- The duration the water flows into your commercial property
- The general layout and materials in your store
We also send an advance team of technicians to your premises to conduct an initial physical inspection of the damage. During such an inspection, useful information such as the approximate amount of water released into the building, the types of materials left wet, and the level of wetness in such materials is identified. This information helps determine how long it might take to extract water, dry wet materials, or demolish some sections if the damage is beyond repair.
Is it possible for restoration to minimize disruptions to business operations?
With the scope of damage and the desires of the business operator established, finding solutions that deal with the operation interruptions is possible. Our SERVPRO technicians prioritize:
- Moisture management
- Access to functional areas
- Addressing material deterioration
Removing any standing water within the premises in good time is the primary factor in moisture management since it stops penetration into materials or migration into cavities. We follow the best practices of the IICRC to ensure rapid and effective results. In a property such as your bulk grocery store with vast surfaces where spilled water accumulates, high-efficiency water extractors are necessary. Our technicians use a wide variety of fast action pumps, including portable and truck-mounted extractors. Since issues with power supply can delay water removal, we have both electric and gasoline-powered portable extractors.
Drying wet materials is also crucial to complete the moisture management process. Moisture can remain in porous and semi-porous building materials, contents, and even in the air. One effective way our SERVPRO technicians use to manage the moisture is by manipulating air movements. We use air movers to produce high-velocity air currents that enhance evaporation, thus drying materials faster.
Although the steps taken to counter the effects of water might be useful, they do not work instantly. One way to minimize the inconvenience your customers endure is by providing limited access to the facility. Our technicians identify usable areas then set up temporary barriers to isolate them from affected areas. We also set up safety warnings such as slippery floor signs to avert accidents when customers visit your premises.
When SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe helps manage water loss incidents, it is easier to focus on approaches that lead to better outcomes. Call us at (318) 345-5121 to help.