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Commercial Water - Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Specialist

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

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If your Guthrie, OK, business suffers water damage, there are a variety of other problems that may follow, including mold growth. Understanding the water clean up process can help ensure your commercial building is properly cared for every step of the way.

Choosing a Specialist

Because water damage can quickly lead to mold growth, it is important to begin drying the property as soon as possible. If you choose to hire a professional to help with this task, the following are some important qualities to look for:

  • Certification
  • Professionalism
  • Quick response time

Many professionals adhere to the standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC has been developing high-quality best practices for the restoration industry for over 45 years. If a professional is IICRC-certified, he or she has the knowledge to complete the water clean up job properly and safely. For water damage to commercial buildings, a professional who has completed the IICRC’s Commercial Drying Specialist courses will have knowledge of the intricacies involved in commercial water damage restoration that other professionals may lack. However, all the knowledge in the world won’t save your property if the restoration team does not respond quickly enough to prevent further damage. A key sign of integrity and professionalism is a company responding in the time frame they give you and keeping you apprised of any changes.

Cleanup Process
Whether the damage results from a broken pipe, a leaky roof or any other source, the restoration process follows the same basic outline. Standing water is removed using pumps or vacuums. Remaining moisture is dried using fans and dehumidifiers. Affected items are sanitized, and damaged items are repaired. Items that cannot be cleaned, dried and properly repaired are replaced.
Depending on the severity of the damage, business owners may be able to perform the water clean up process themselves. However, an IICRC-certified restoration service can provide valuable assistance, especially in more severe cases.

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