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Commercial Water Damage in Panama City Beach?

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked in front of a large commercial building in Florida Water Damages Don't Wait, and Neither Does Our Team!

For Your Panama City Beach Commercial Property, SERVPRO of Bay County Streamlines Water Restoration with Fast Action and Industrial-Grade Equipment

Many water events could occur within your commercial space that leads to water damage of some sort. It may be a leaky roof, storm damage to windows, faulty appliances, or a burst pipe. However, how you act makes a difference in the overall time and costs involved with the cleanup. Your Panama City Beach business is always in good hands when you contact our friendly team at SERVPRO of Bay County. Rather than leaving the cleanup to your in-house crew, we have the powerful cleaning agents, extractors, and drying equipment to speed up the process for you, AND our team is "Faster to any size disaster."

What is Involved in Water Cleanup and Restoration?

Removing standing water from the equation is imperative with any water incident at your place of business. When called for water damage restoration in Panama City Beach and surrounding areas, our crew arrives quickly to cut back on the severity of the loss. We assess the damage that has occurred within your building, which allows us to formulate a plan with the best next steps. Our equipment allows us to quickly and efficiently pull up standing water, but we suggest having the water supply turned off to lessen the impact until we arrive.

It Seems as Though Water Moved into Other Rooms, Now What?

During a water incident, it is not all that uncommon for the water to migrate. If you had a pipe burst near the kitchen or employee lounge, it might follow the path of least resistance. In some cases, this means traveling along baseboards and into other rooms. This is another reason why professional intervention is critical to ensure you restore your commercial space's interior to preloss condition. We utilize industry leading moisture detection tools track down hidden pockets of water that can bring secondary damage or microbial growth. 

If a substantial amount of water made it behind walls and within cavities, we may need to perform flood cuts or place holes so that water removal and drying can take place. Of course, our staff follows best practices as set forth by the IICRC, and we have skilled technicians ready to handle any controlled demolition or major reconstruction required.

What Can Lingering Moisture Do to The Office Space?

Several problems can arise if you fail to address moisture throughout your commercial building, including:

  • Staining of ceilings, walls, and carpeting
  • Strong, musty odors
  • Warping, cracking, or buckling of flooring
  • Physical deterioration of structural building materials and/or contents
  • Microbial growth, which can cause potential health effects

After water saturates various surfaces and materials, deterioration begins. There may be immediate damages, while others take some time to present themselves. By removing any standing water and going through the motions of moisture detection within the first 48 hours of the water incident, you have a better chance of long-term results and salvaging the majority of your materials and contents. 

Several crucial steps are always part of our water restoration efforts, including:

  • Addressing and controlling relative humidity levels throughout the space
  • Total extraction of all standing water
  • Preventing moisture transfer from the loss zone to unaffected areas
  • Ensuring the condensation does not develop to exacerbate the situation further

What Should I Do Until You Arrive at My Office?

Even with the rapid response that the SERVPRO of Bay County crew is known for, every minute is of the essence and should be utilized as much as possible when addressing water damages. Until the time that we arrive and begin our mitigation process, we suggest you take the following steps:

  • Turn off the water to your unit or the area where the incident is taking place. 
  • Try to open up any nearby doors or windows to the outdoors. This helps to get some of the moisture out with a boost in airflow that improves the evaporation rate.

What Happens with Saturated Paperwork?

Offices are known for having vast filing systems housing essential documents. In some cases, water damage is final when it causes matting or smudging of the ink. SERVPRO does have a variety of specialized techniques that help us to prevent further deterioration from taking place. Some actions that we can try will include:

  • Specialized drying techniques
  • Separating and removing saturated papers from dry paperwork
  • Freezing wet documents to stop the dissolution of ink and disintegration of papers

We take each project we are called to for water damage restoration and tailor a specific plan to your needs. When you have a water incident at your commercial space, you can trust SERVPRO of Bay County to quickly and efficiently get the job done. When disaster strikes, give us a call: 850-785-1077. Our professionally trained team is standing by, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies.

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