Business water damage can be devastating. With the slew of hurricanes and natural disasters that have occurred recently, many businesses have incurred substantial loss. Major flooding, even in places that have never flooded before, has caused unexpected water damage on an unprecedented level. Water damage is costly, not only in terms of repairs to the structure of your business, but also to the daily systems and processes of your business. As a business owner, you need your business to be repaired and up and running like normal as soon as possible after water damage. Before you jump the gun it’s important to know what steps to take to restore your business the right way.
With that in mind, here are four common mistakes you should avoid when you need fast water damage restoration.
Mistake #1: Waiting too long to begin water cleanup and repairs
Business water damage can happen very quickly. While you may be able to take your time with other types of damage, don’t wait to address water damage. Act now. If you find your business flooded overnight, call a professional like RMI Emergency Services right away. The longer you wait, the more damage than can occur. What could be a quick fix can quickly require substantial repairs. Even a one hour difference can change the severity of the damage entirely.
It may seem reasonable to do some research, and look into the problem yourself before taking action on cleanup and repairs. This is a common, and very detrimental mistake to make. Not only will more damage occur, but the financial cost will grow as well. Call a certified water damage restoration professional immediately.
Mistake #2: Thinking that turning off your water is enough to stop the damage
While turning off the water in your business may be a logical step, and is necessary, it is not enough to stop further damage from occurring. You must get to the root of the problem, and fix the source quickly. This requires experience and expertise that is often beyond common knowledge. RMI has been remediating water damage for many years now and we know the complexities involved. We have the proper equipment and knowledge to do the job right—the first time.
Mistake #3: Believing that what you can see is the extent of the water damage
A small leak in the corner of the celling may seem like a small problem, but you should understand that it is only the tip of the iceberg. If a leak has grown to the point of being visible, there is often already substantial damage behind it. Also, due to the nature of water damage, water can work its way into nearly any area, causing damage that you can’t visibly see. It’s also important to understand that not all water is clean water. Water can carry harmful bacteria and other substances that can be harmful to your health.
A professional will be able to identify the type of water and any bacteria present. They will also be able to pinpoint the cause of the leak and how to stop it at the source. A professional service like RMI will have an understanding of EPA requirements, and know how to properly remove the water and clean the area using professional chemicals and cleaners and by following specific required guidelines.
Mistake #4: Trying to fix the water damage yourself
Suppose you showed up to your business location and discovered 6 inches of water sitting inside. Your first instinct may be to use a shop vac or your own equipment to remove the water. This is a mistake. You should never use electrical equipment in standing water unless you are a professional.
Call a certified professional who has right equipment and expertise to address the situation safely. It is more than worth the investment to have the water removed professionally.
If you suffer water damage to your business, don’t hesitate—call the professionals immediately. RMI is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even in the middle of the night. Your business depends on fast cleanup, done right the first time.