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Water Damage Restoration in Commercial Properties: Best Practices


As a business owner, water damage to your commercial property can be a devastating event. Whether it’s caused by a burst pipe, severe storm, or an unexpected flood, the consequences can be far-reaching, affecting not only the physical structure of your building but also your operations, revenue, and employee safety. 

At Jarvis Restoration, we understand the urgency and complexity of commercial water damage restoration in Orange County. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the processes of water damage assessment and restoration, and explain the importance of timely action to prevent mold growth.

Detailed Processes for Water Damage Assessment and Restoration

1. Immediate Response and Damage Assessment

When water damage occurs, the first step is to contact a professional restoration service immediately. Time is of the essence to minimize the damage. Upon arrival, our team will conduct a thorough assessment to determine the extent of the damage. This involves:

  • Identifying the Source: Finding and stopping the source of water intrusion is critical to prevent further damage.
  • Evaluating the Damage: Using advanced tools such as moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras, we inspect all affected areas, including hidden spaces like behind walls and under floors.
  • Classifying the Water: Water damage is categorized into three types. Clean water is from sources like broken pipes or rainwater; gray Water is from appliances like washing machines, containing some contaminants; and black water is highly contaminated water from sources like sewage or floodwaters.

2. Water Extraction and Drying

Once the assessment is complete, the next step is water extraction. Using powerful pumps and vacuums, our team removes standing water quickly and efficiently. The drying process then begins:

  • Drying and Dehumidification: Industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers are used to remove moisture from the air and affected materials. This step is crucial to prevent mold growth and further structural damage.
  • Monitoring: Throughout the drying process, our team monitors moisture levels daily to ensure that the property is drying properly and to make necessary adjustments.

3. Cleaning and Sanitizing

After drying, cleaning and sanitizing are essential to ensure the safety and habitability of your property:

  • Cleaning: All affected surfaces and items are thoroughly cleaned. This may include carpets, upholstery, and other belongings.
  • Sanitizing: We use antimicrobial treatments to disinfect surfaces and prevent the growth of mold, bacteria, and other pathogens.
  • Odor Removal: Deodorizing agents are used to eliminate any lingering odors caused by the water damage.

4. Restoration and Repairs

The final step is restoring your property to its pre-damage condition. This may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or major reconstruction projects. At Jarvis Restoration, we are equipped to handle all aspects of restoration, ensuring your business is back up and running as quickly as possible.

The Importance of Timely Action to Prevent Mold Growth

One of the most significant risks associated with water damage is mold growth. Mold can begin to develop within 24–48 hours of water exposure, and it poses serious health risks to occupants, including respiratory issues and allergic reactions. Additionally, mold can cause substantial structural damage to your property if not addressed promptly.

Steps to Prevent Mold Growth

  • Act Quickly: Contact Jarvis Restoration immediately to begin the water extraction and drying process.
  • Ensure Thorough Drying: Even if the surface appears dry, hidden moisture can still be present in walls, floors, and ceilings. Professional equipment and expertise are necessary to ensure complete drying.
  • Use Antimicrobial Treatments: Applying antimicrobial solutions during the cleaning phase can help inhibit mold growth.
  • Monitor Moisture Levels: Continuous monitoring of moisture levels during the restoration process ensures that any remaining moisture is addressed.

At Jarvis Restoration, we’re committed to providing top-notch water damage restoration services to help you get back to business as usual. By understanding the detailed processes involved and the importance of timely action, you can protect your property and ensure the safety of your employees and customers.

For comprehensive home restoration services you can rely on, contact Jarvis Restoration today! 

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