Rebounding from an Office Building Flood
Floods can happen anywhere, anytime, including Minneapolis. One torrential rain, sewage backup, or even burst pipe can cause major water damage inside a business. And often, it means the business closing for a few days – or longer – to get everything restored. It’s not a good scenario.
Here are some numbers for you:
- According to FEMA, nearly 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a flood.
- 25 percent of all flood damage occurs in low to moderate risk areas. Relying on a flood map to protect you may not be enough.
- Most business insurance policies exclude flood damage.
- From 2011 to 2015, the average commercial flood claim was more than $90,000.
- Total flood insurance claims from 2003-2012 averaged $4 billion per year.
The good news is, having a good restoration company on your side, like 24Restore, can help you get back in business quickly, and restore things to the way they were before the flood. There is even a possibility that if just part of a building has been damaged, that area can be contained and business runs like normal in the rest of the facility.
Traditionally, drywall will be removed and replaced depending on the level of saturation. If you’re concerned about dust entering non-affected parts of the building, there are ways to contain the dust and debris, and control noise as much as possible, during the entire remediation process.
Once the ruined drywall is out, new drywall is put in, painted, and good as new.
If water has seeped into a wall cavity, technicians will be able to use special thermal imaging cameras to see temperature differences below the surface, offering an indication of where water might be present. When the drying is complete, they can show you on that camera again the new temperature, which should match that of the rest of the wall. Restoration companies use a variety of technological tools like this to ensure a space is completely dry before packing up for the next job.
Crews will take a good look around for any damage to floors throughout the affected space. Has the water seeped through the carpet padding and into the subfloor? Does any of the subfloor need to be replaced?
Once possible foundational issues are addressed, the flooring will either be removed for replacement, or effectively dried and cleaned to pre-loss condition.
Whether it is carpet, vinyl, tile, or wood, there are a variety of drying technologies available to dry out flooring in a matter of days or sometimes even hours. In many cases, water can be extracted right out of the flooring. Then, large fans and other drying equipment will be placed strategically throughout the space to effectively finish the drying process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
It might also be possible to save some of your electronics, office furniture, and other items that were damaged.
The key to getting that “open for business” sign back in the window is acting quickly. Just like you would with any loss in your home, it is important to call 24Restore as soon as you can after you discover the water damage. The sooner restoration starts, the less damage that water will do.