There are numerous scenarios and elements that can make a building owner vulnerable to building damage. Of course, all business should take certain measures to prevent damage in the event water enters the space from a pipe break, leak or other source. But one obvious but easily missed problem are items on the floor. The top floor and basement areas would be more prone to water coming from the outside due to building leaks, pipe breaks, roof leaks so it is important to keep important items that can be permanently damaged and hard to replace off the floor. This can happen throughout the building from sprinkler systems and plumbing as well. So be sure to keep equipment and materials off the ground to prevent potential loss of those items where at all possible. This will and make clean-up much easier and not to mention faster. Below are bulleted lists of top things to do for prevention, and subsequent clean-up tips should you sustain building water damage.
NOW COMES THE CLEAN-UP
Don’t forget to open the windows and keep interior business doors open to increase air circulation, if the outside air is dry, meaning low humidity. Leave dehumidifiers on overnight. Units shut off when full, so you don’t need to worry about overflow. Identify wet papers or other porous materials and either. You will want to remove papers from boxes, file drawers, piles and spread out to dry. Next, copy wet papers and discard originals unless it is imperative you keep those originals depending on the nature of your business and its requirements.
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