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4 Steps To Clean Fire-Damaged Contents
The professionals at SERVPRO in Melbourne, FL can take care of soot and smoke damage
4 Steps to Determine Whether an Item is A Candidate for Cleaning
Fire and smoke can damage the contents of a commercial building. It may be possible to clean and restore items depending on the materials and degree of damage. Restoration experts can recommend dry-cleaning, foam, ultrasonic waves or other specialized treatments. Here are four steps to determine whether an item is a candidate for cleaning.
1. Assess Damage
The first step to cleaning contents is to determine whether items can benefit from restoration or should be disposed of and replaced. Contents that have sustained smoke damage or staining due to soot are better suited for cleaning than burnt or charred items.
2. Consider Durability
In addition to damage, the durability of materials is also an important consideration. If an item is inherently delicate, it may not stand up to even the most gentle restoration treatments. This is particularly the case when damage is extensive.
3. Factor In Porosity
Porosity plays an important part in determining the best content cleaning treatment for any item. Porous items such as clothing or textiles may benefit most from dry-cleaning or foam treatments. Delicate, non-porous items made of ceramic or glass can be good candidates for immersion in cleaning solution and the use of ultrasonic waves. Delicate, porous materials may be sprayed and wiped to limit exposure to moisture.
4. Consult Experts
It is best to have damaged items cleaned by restoration professionals. Look for a service that provides a full range of content cleaning options as well as content storage. Once items are clean, they should be kept off-site until restoration is complete.
These steps can lead to better outcomes for the contents of a commercial building. This process can also help building owners determine whether it will be more cost-effective to dispose of and replace certain items. Rely on a fire damage mitigation company that provides services such as restoration-grade dry-cleaning in Melbourne, FL.
How To Minimize the Risk of Secondary Damage
Flooded commercial building in Sebastian, FL after a pipe burst
A flood or burst pipe can cause significant water damage inside any Sebastian, FL, business. Excessive water exposure can be particularly problematic because moisture is an essential ingredient for black mold growth. To help prevent secondary damage and the need for mold remediation services, it’s essential that the professional restoration crew you hire performs a thorough cleanup that incorporates essential procedures. If your building features tile, you can also complete important maintenance to help reduce the risk of extensive mold contamination.
Removal of Saturated Materials
The cleanup team should promptly remove all wet items from the water-damaged area. Because mold is adept at hiding, it’s essential to discard saturated building materials, including the following items:
- Drywall and baseboards
Replacing these components helps eliminate potential undetected moisture zones behind walls and under flooring where mold can proliferate.
Drying the Affected Space
High humidity and condensation can also result in black mold growth. To help prevent this dilemma, it’s essential to maintain adequate air circulation during the cleanup process. Remediation professionals can utilize fans and dehumidifiers to help remove excessive moisture. They can also employ moisture meters to verify the site is dry before installing new insulation, drywall and carpet.
Proactive Tile Care
Tile floors and walls are also susceptible to secondary damage after flooding. Because cement-based grout is porous, it’s important to take proactive measures to help shield tile from water damage.
Unless it’s properly protected, water can penetrate through grout and flood under the tile structure. This can undermine its stability and create an ideal environment for mold proliferation. To help reduce this risk, you should routinely apply sealant to any tile work inside your building.
No business owner wants to endure mold remediation. Fortunately, there are a few strategies that both property owners and flood cleanup crews can employ to help reduce the risk of black mold growth and its subsequent damage.
Understanding Black Water Risks
Floodwater from rivers, streams and sewage are considered black water
If you own a business that experienced flooding, you’ve probably heard of the term black water. Alongside water damage, it is one of the highest risks poses by flooding. But just what is it about this mucky water that makes it so dangerous? And how does a business owner in Malabar, FL, go about cleaning it up if it’s so unsafe? Read on to learn more about what makes the water a threat and what you can do about it.
Considered a serious health threat against humans and animals, this water refers mostly to pathogen-rich wastewater from toilets. It often contains feces, urine, water and other contaminants. Sewage also is considered black, as is floodwater from rivers, streams and ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes. Risks from this water come from:
- Ingesting contaminated water
- Inhaling contaminated water droplets
- Getting contaminated water on broken skin
Besides water damage, disease and illness are the biggest threats posed by this water. Those can include hepatitis, cryptosporidiosis, gastroenteritis and wound infections to name just a few. These largely gastrointestinal conditions can result in stomach upset, diarrhea and life-threatening bacterial infections in some instances.
The threats of soiled water make it too dangerous to clean up on your own, no matter how little there is. Instead, remediation must be left to the professionals. The sooner the water can be removed and the building dried, the better. A professional water remediation firm will use multiple methods to clear this dangerous substance. Those may include water extraction, antimicrobial treatments, mold remediation, carpet cleaning and more.
Black water is one of the most threatening parts of a building flood. Don’t try to take this dangerous water on by yourself. Find a specialist in professional water damage clean-up and treatment to get rid of your contaminated water problem.
Commercial Water Damage Problems To Expect and How To Deal With Them
Water damage in a Palm Bay, FL home
As a business owner, there may come a time or two when you are forced to contend with common water issues such as a broken pipe or flooding. For this reason, it is important that you understand what to expect and, more importantly, how to deal with water-related headaches. Below are just four of the most common causes of water troubles that building owners have to deal with:
- Broken pipes
- Fire sprinklers
- Toilet overflow
- Supply line breaks
If you are faced with any of the above issues, there are steps you should take to minimize damage and repair costs.
Broken pipes are par for the course of property ownership and usually stem from old age or freezing temperatures. When faced with a broken pipe, you should shut off the water supply, locate the source of damage and make the necessary repair. If the damage is too great, you may have to contact your local plumber.
If your building catches fire, the fire sprinkler system should activate. When this occurs, you should call in your Palm Bay, FL, fire and water remediation team to help clean up the damage and restore your building.
Toilet overflow is another peril with which many business owners are forced to deal. Because you never know what toilet water contains or what causes an overflow, you should not attempt to deal with the mess yourself. Block off the area and contact a plumber and water repair company right away.
Supply Line Breaks
Like broken pipes, supply line breaks can happen because of old age or because of adverse weather conditions. When a supply line bursts, shut off the main water valve right away to prevent further damage and contact both a plumber and a local water remediation team as soon as possible.
As a building owner, you are bound to run into water-related issues. Whether the issue stems from a broken pipe or a sewage backup, the best thing you can do to minimize damage and keep costs low is contact a Palm Bay, FL, water repair company as soon as you discover the issue.
Residents forced out of Tampa Luxury Condo Tower after Sprinkler Flood
The Stovall Tower damaged by a broken sprinkler system.
Tampa – Renovation of an 11th floor condo in the luxurious Stovall Tower accidentally created a disastrous flood that forced evacuation of the entire 33-unit complex. Since the accident the Stovall's residents remain stranded in hotels, or with friends and family, while electricity to the entire complex remains turned off. Recovery and restoration repair work is being performed by the disaster response firm SERVPRO of South Brevard. The condominium's residents are expected back in their homes before Christmas.
Firefighters responded to an automated alarm triggered by the flooding at Stovall Tower, located at 3203 Bayshore Boulevard. According to Jason Penney, Tampa Fire and Rescue Spokesman, water was already dripping from the ceiling into the lobby as firefighters first entered the Tower. “You can't turn off gravity,” he added. A Fire and Rescue Captain involved in the emergency response added that parts of the Tower looked like Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride, with water cascading down stairs and pouring through ceilings from floor to floor. Reportedly, when firefighters entered the apartment where the flood started standing water was already inches deep.
The water originated on the 11th floor of the 22-story condominium Tower that overlooks picturesque Hillsborough Bay that lies along Bayshore Boulevard. Reportedly a dry wall worker accidentally broke a sprinkler system water feed pipe resulting in thousands of gallons of water pouring into the Stovall's living units and common spaces. Responding firefighters turned off the water supply to the sprinklers ending the active phase of the emergency. No injuries were reported.
Gloria Giunta, President of the Stovall Condominium Association, stated that all residents were forced to move out of the complex because power remained turned off. Elevators also remain out of service and access is limited to the stairs. “We're all getting our exercise,” Giunta stated. At least 20 residential units were water damaged by the accident.
With two apartments per floor Giunta noted that the residents enjoyed a close-knit community. “This is the best condominium with the best neighbors,” which include former Tampa University President Dr. Bruce Sampson, and Tampa Sports Authority Chairman Don DeFosset.
Recovery and restoration is being handled by the nationwide disaster response firm SERVPRO based in Gallatin, Tennessee. Cleanup operations are being handled by two SERVPRO franchisees from Brevard County, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee. SERVPRO currently has some 1650 franchised operations throughout the United States.
Recovery operations began with vacuumed water removal, and continued using large numbers of heavy duty dehumidifiers and blowers to remove the remaining water from the Stovall. Resulting flood damage includes the building's electrical system, ruined dry wall and carpets, wood floors that have warped, as well as damage to residents' personal property. According to Giunta the accident's costs are being covered by a combination of contractor's and homeowners' insurance. She would not comment on possible legal action that may be taken against the contractor.
Commercial Water Damage in Melbourne, FL
Commercial Water Loss our SERVPRO Technicians responded to after hours this past month. We responded fast & mitigated before farther damages occurred.
At SERVPRO of South Brevard, our team of highly trained technicians work proactively and accurately restore any damages and protect families from potentially dangerous mold growth. Using our updated methods, SERVPRO of South Brevard's technicians first identify the extent of the problem, and then work with care and sensitivity to rescue and restore the area to normal conditions. Our technicians are trained and ready to mitigate loss and meet every challenge with professionalism, reliability, compassion and respect.
Commercial Building Water Loss
Any kind of commercial damage presents unique and different challenges than a residential restoration. But Brevard County residents are in luck! Your local SERVPRO of South Brevard is qualified as a Large Loss Franchise. What’s that mean?
Well, it means that there is no job too big for us! Regardless of how big the property may be or how large the scope of work is, we are the guys that can handle it properly and professional.
Our Promise to Brevard County, FL
Our commitment to excellence includes you, which means that you can expect effective, ongoing communication and reporting from us. SERVPRO of South Brevard is open 24/7 to help the residents of Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the beachside towns of Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, and Satellite Beach, Florida. Our certified technicians have handled jobs big and small, and we can handle your job no matter what. Just give SERVPRO of South Brevard a ring at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Florida’s Space Coast. 321-777-5131 is HERE TO HELP!
Does Your Business Have a Plan?
Will your business recover after a natural disaster? Follow these steps to create a business emergency plan.
How quickly your company can get back to business after a hurricane, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done beforehand. The regular occurrence of natural disaster demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Only 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing.
Develop a Business Continuity Plan
Begin by identifying operations that are critical to survival and recovery. Then carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, material, procedures, and equipment are absolutely essential to keep the business operating.
Review Insurance Coverage
Understand what your policy does and does not cover. Check with your provider about things such as, physical losses, flood coverage, and business interruption. Inadequate coverage can lead to major financial loss.
Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Communication with your employees is central before, during, and after a disaster. Be sure to share emergency information with your staff.
Practice the Emergency Plan
The ability to evacuate workers and customers effectively can save lives. Establish evacuation producers and ensure your staff knows the route.
Secure Your Facility and Equipment
Install exit signs, fire extinguishers, and smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate areas.
Improve Cyber Security
By using anti-virus software, firewalls, and secure passwords, this will better protect your business’s data and information
Locally Owned, with National Resources
SERVPRO of South Brevard is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Melbourne Beach, Florida community too. When you have a fire, flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.
As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. Please call (321) 777-5131