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Commercial Water Damage Planning Guide

Water Damage in Commercial Settings

Water damage resulting from burst pipes, sprinklers, appliance failures, sewer back-ups, and plumbing supply lines will generate large volumes of water rapidly. Hundreds of gallons of water can affect a large surface area in minutes -  including whole hospital wings, manufacturing and production centers, apartment units, restaurants & retail stores; all businesses are vulnerable to the impact of commercial water damage. The disruption and associated costs can destroy a business through loss of both revenue and reputation.

Water Carries Dangerous Contaminants

In addition, some water carries contaminants and should be considered hazardous. Water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause visually clean water to be toxic.

How Will Your Staff React to a Commercial Water Damage? Are They Ready?

How will your staff react to sudden and unexpected water damage in your facility or business? Do they have the resources and information needed to take quick action? Will they know what to do and who to call? Is there a chain of command readily available to react?  Identifying and training key personnel such as operations managers, charge nurses, production leaders, janitorial and maintenance supervisors creates a strong chain of command to respond with clarity and efficiency.

We Make Commercial Water Damage Planning Easy

We make it easy for you. 40 years of commercial and large loss water damage restoration give us industry perspective on what business owners need to do when a water damage disaster rains down on their business and property. Creating an emergency water damage protocol need not be cumbersome or complicated. The following list will help you successfully react to commercial water damage.

Your Water Damage Plan:
 

  1. Determine the source of water and shut off the water supply. Key employees should be trained to locate supply valves and shut off points.

  1. Site Emergency Coordinator shall contact and prepare to meet emergency water mitigation crew for site assessment and water extraction. Identify the person who will coordinate the response efforts. Too many cooks spoil the soup - it’s the same with a commercial water damage cleanup. Having one Site Emergency Coordinator as a go-to makes safety a priority and hastens communication and, consequently positively affects the outcome.

  1. Initiate evacuation procedures for occupants of affected areas: Key personnel should be trained to lead evacuation from hazardous areas and relocate occupants to a safe location.

  1. Turn off circuit breaker to the wet area if safe to do so: Key personnel should be trained to locate the breaker and exercise caution in cutting the power.

  1. Do not enter rooms with standing water if the electricity is on. Avoid these areas and identify dangerous areas with signage to protect occupants, staff, and workers.

  2. Arrange for repair of the source from appropriate vendor or contractor. The Site Emergency Coordinator should have a current list of suppliers and contractors associated with the maintenance of the property.

  3. Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. Water damage can cause ceilings to become unstable and collapse unexpectedly under the weight and destructive nature of water. These areas should be off limits to everyone until the area is stabilized and re-certified for occupancy.

  4. Do not turn on or operate wet electronics; move to a dry area if safe to do so. Specialty equipment and information technology are best handled by the equipment manufacturer or IT support vendor. The Site Emergency Coordinator should have vendor contact information readily available to receive and dispatch instructions on the removal and relocation of electronic and mechanical equipment.

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Every commercial water damage is unique because of the business and people affected by the loss. Creating a custom water damage emergency plan with Compleat Restorations ensures that all possible scenarios have an action plan. An Emergency Response Plan with Compleat Restorations gives you peace of mind that you can successfully survive commercial water damage.

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