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Don’t Let Standing Water Stand in Your Way | SERVPRO of Sumter

12/1/2023 (Permalink)

concrete floor tiling with large cracks and water on it Has water damage infiltrated your business? Give SERVPRO of Sumter a call to get that resolved!

It’s another regular morning on your way to work, and you probably don’t think twice as you open doors and turn on the lights, but a musty odor or stepping into a puddle will surely stop you in your tracks. Is it a water leak or a massive water disaster?

This is certainly an unnerving scenario, and one that can come with a lot of consequences and subsequent steps in the immediate aftermath.

Whether your water disaster comes from a plumbing failure, a natural disaster or a simple water leak gone unaddressed, a quick restoration is always needed for a full recovery. We explain some easy ways to tackle standing water in your business so you can recover faster.

The First Few Steps

Finding your business flooded can be an overwhelming and even scary experience. Try to stay calm and follow these easy steps in order to get your space back in order right away and to prevent serious mold issues.

1. Stay safe. You should always put your safety and your employees’ safety first during an emergency situation. Avoid walking through the water, and get to a dry spot to evaluate your situation. Call SERVPRO® immediately so we can get started on your restoration plan, and take some images of the damage to help make your claims process easier along the way.

2. Control the disaster. The longer water sits on your floor, the worse the damage can become. This is why we want you to locate the source of the leak so you can stop the flow of water. Shut off the appropriate water valve, or close the connection right away. If you can’t track down where the water is coming from, shut off the main water valve to your entire building just to be on the safe side.

3. Start the drying process. Floodwater can be dangerous or even be harboring toxic substances, so stay out of the water and avoid touching it if possible. Open some windows to start ventilating the area, and close off the affected space to keep out staff and customers.

Working With Our Restoration Team

Once we arrive, a few things will happen at once. We will get started on getting the excess water out while completing a total assessment of your building to get a better understanding of the extent of the damage. We will also make first contact with your insurance company to get your insurance claims process started.

We will handle your restoration so you can focus on keeping your business functioning however you are able to. If we can, we will section off the area that needs repairs so you can stay open in any capacity!

As you handle the safety and well-being of your crew, we will handle the drying process. We will make sure your building is restored back to its preloss condition as quickly as possible, ensuring it is safe, clean and ready to open back up for business.

Do you need repairs after a water disaster in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.

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