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Can this Business Be Saved?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Water in unwanted places is never good – especially when your a commercial establishment trying to open your place of business. Your employees come in for the day and find water everywhere, whether you are a retail business owner or a medical facility or a restaurant wet floors and walls never work.

The key is to act quickly because the faster you act, the greater your chances of saving items from being ruined. During a water damage, carpet, drywall and content can become wet. Here are some factors in determining what can be saved:

  • What was the source of the water? Is it clean or contaminated water. Determining the source of the water in your business will help decide what can be saved.
  • When did it happen? The amount of time from when the water enters until you discover it matters.

Once we know the answers to these two questions we can begin to work.  There may be items that can be rescued, but there are also some that are no longer salvageable.  Drywall and carpet are the most frequent items the need evaluated.

DRYWALL - is made of porous materials and can absorb more water than wood does. When it is wet, it may swell, sag, bow and most of all, it can create the best breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Drywall needs to dry up as soon as possible for it to be rescued. If the drywall is soft and looks distorted, then it won’t need drying but should be removed. 

CARPET –  Wet carpeting poses many of the same challenges as drywall. It absorbs water as does the padding beneath it and can create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. The longer it is wet the less likely it can be saved. The fibers within the carpet deteriorate and reinstallation then presents a huge challenge.

Call in the experts at SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore for a professional evaluation of your situation, 410-255-1110.

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