If you have a fire or water emergency, please call us now at (425) 367-4484

To have the optimal experience while using this site, you will need to update your browser. You may want to try one of the following alternatives:

Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Do You Need Repairs After Water Damage to Your Everett Business?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

A office room with standing water with a life raft floating in the water. Let SERVPRO be there to throw you a life raft after your Everett commercial water damage.

Find a Full-Spectrum of Commercial Water Removal, Drying, and Structural Repair Services in Everett with One Call to SERVPRO

Every Everett business owner has an exhausting and full agenda, keeping services and products flowing to customers and employees supported. When that flow is interrupted by a torrent of water damage, you need someone to support you as you seek to divert your work into different channels.

How Can We Operate After a Supply Pipe Bursts?

No business exists without water. At a bare minimum, your staff lounge and restrooms are plumbed, and many industries use water as part of the production process. When you need water damage repair in your Everett offices and production floor, the urgency is apparent. A supply pipe break, especially if it went unattended overnight, not only gets inventory, structures, and equipment wet. It also causes water to be collected in cavities and recesses, threatening collapse and straining the restorer's ability to locate and eliminate the fluids.

What Are the First Steps a Professional Restoration Company Takes?

When SERVPRO arrives at your business, we must spend precious time assuring that the workspace can be made safe for our technicians and the occupants of the building. We look for the following risks common in many water damage repair scenarios and put controls in place:

Are There Slip, Trip, and Fall Possibilities?

We place warning signage and work as quickly as possible toward extracting the water.

Where Might Sharp or Large Pieces of Debris Be Submerged?

We consult with the manager or owner and mark any suspicious areas.

Can We Be Sure Live Current Does Not Flow Through the Water?

We arrange for electricity and other utilities to be shut off temporarily.

Could Water-Filled Ceilings or Other Building Cavities Collapse? 

  • We carefully pry up baseboards and drill holes at the bottom of walls suspected of holding water to release pressure.
  • We make more substantial "flood cuts" if drywall is wet and crumbling.
  • We punch weep holes in bulging ceilings.
  • We consider placing supports under ceilings and against walls to secure weak materials until we reevaluate for rebuilding.

What Happens After the Safety Concerns Are Settled?

Our crews commence water removal, focusing on this phase because the more aggressively we extract, the faster the drying phase. We use different equipment depending on the circumstances:

Is Water Deeper than Two Inches?

Submersible pumps remove large quantities of fluids, with the bonus of being gas-fueled, and thus not needing building power if the electricity is still disconnected.

Does Visible Water Remain?

After the pumps, truck-mounted extractors suction up the bulk of the remaining water. If electricity is still unavailable, there is no delay, as we can operate these large capacity extractors from onboard generators.

Are Confined Spaces Holding Water?

We approach trapped or hard to access water by:

  • Employing portable (backpack) extractors
  • Using controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts or drilled holes to release water 

How Do Professionals Accomplish Structural Drying?

Restoration technicians gather data to determine drying goals. They continuously update the data throughout the drying phase to ensure they are on track, neither under nor over drying the materials. Baseline data is collected as technicians trace the extent and severity of the water damage using moisture detectors and meters. We test unaffected materials in another space in your building to pinpoint the desired moisture percentage. Armed with these goals, we create a balance of air movement, temperature, and humidity to accelerate the evaporation of moisture from wet materials. Dehumidifiers captured the vapor and condensed or absorbed it for disposal.

How Do Restorers Use the Opportunities Presented by Controlled Demolition?

The openings created when we puncture or cut materials allow us to dry out wet building cavities. We precisely position the air movers and adjust the temperature to ensure efficient transfer of moisture from structures to the air. If rather than cuts, we made holes, the addition of hoses or tenting to direct the warm air through these smaller openings helps achieve the desired outcome.

Who Is Patching the Holes and Rebuilding the Walls?

Our general contractor license SERVPES871RD gives us the flexibility to follow up with repairs and reconstruction. This is a weight off your mind as you can concentrate on getting the business going again rather than hiring a builder as we walk out the door. 

Count on the turnkey offerings from SERVPRO of South Everett when your offices and production center is afloat in a water damage crisis. We streamline the help we provide by assisting from damage assessment through mitigation and remediation, topping the project off with repairs and built back. Call (425) 367-4484 for a friendly consultation about your options.

Other News

View Recent Posts