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Business Restoration: Cleaning Up After a Flood

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Business Restoration After a Flood

 When a pipe burst and flooding occurs, a business can be out of commission for a while. In order to get back to full operation, you may want to follow the steps below to ensure proper cleanup. 1. Hose Down the Area

It may seem counterintuitive after a flood and the removal of excess water but hosing down the area may be the fastest way to remove any excess debris from the walls and interior of your business. Since there is still an amount of large water damage, using clean water to wash down surfaces will not cause much further damage.

2. Tear Out Damage

After washing away any stuck-on debris, it may be necessary to tear out any extensive damage from flooding. You can remove drywall up to at least 20 inches above the floodwater line. If you have porous/absorbent insulation, you can remove it up to the same point; however, be sure to remove any damp insulation even above this point, as it may produce mold/mildew.

3. Scrub and Disinfect the Area

While bleach may be a reliable and affordable cleaner, you may want to use something stronger, like trisodium phosphate (TSP), depending on the composition of the floodwater and the purpose of the broken pipe. For instance, a sewage pipe may require the use of TCP because of the presence of organic materials.

4. Seek Assistance

While every business owner is likely concerned with costs associated with the fixing and cleanup of a burst pipe, it can also be essential to focus on the expense of business interruption. Restoration specialists in the Winchester, NV, area can offer fair prices and faster recovery time, meaning that a business can reopen, or be functioning at 100%, sooner than without their assistance.

Flooding from a burst pipe can cause extensive damage to a business and may prompt a company to close temporarily; however, a proper cleanup can get a business back to full operation quickly without concern over further damage.

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