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Commercial Water Damage Restoration Tips

water splash from frozen burst home pipeAll those heavy rainfalls may seem innocent, but the result (flooding) can wreak havoc on business facilities. Flooded rooms can interrupt operations and service delivery and lead to extensive commercial water damage restoration services. If not addressed soon enough, water damage can also turn into a major health hazard and cost more for remediation.

Water damage can occur because of a:

  • once-in-a-hundred-year flooding or major weather system,
  • pipe break or leak,
  • sewage system malfunction,
  • sprinkler system leak or malfunction,
  • machine malfunction,
  • leaking appliance,
  • pump issues.

When flooding does hit, it makes financial cents to know these tips for water damage restoration and removal.

Be careful about entering a flooded room.

Even the clearest flooded water can be hazardous, especially if there is electrical equipment and gas lines present. Before venturing into the flooded area, the gas and electric in the room or building should be turned off—UNLESS it cannot be turned off without going into the water.

Evaluate the type of water.

The amount of clean-up that can be done safely depends on the level and types of contaminants in the water. A small amount of water without any or a low level of contaminants (i.e. chemicals, sewage, etc.) can be cleaned up with minimal risk. If there are a significant amount of contamination, contact the professionals to remove the water and clean up any damage.

Contact the insurance company ASAP.

Once the immediate threat has passed, the damage should be carefully documented for future use. In addition to initial photos, an additional evaluation should be done for hidden damage, such as foundation cracks. Be cautious about initiating the clean-up process without insurance company approval; an experienced commercial water restoration service can often assist with navigating through the process.

Make sure the clean-up is thorough.

When the flood waters have saturated any materials, such as batting insulation, the clean-up may involve some replacement and repair. If these materials are not completely replaced, mold can germinate in as little as 24 hours (in ideal conditions) and become a health hazard. Flooding can also permanently damage electrical systems and computers.

 

20+ Office Cleaning Tasks that Don’t Get Done

workplace with employees that needs deep office cleaningOur workplaces are full of furniture and spaces that we pass and use every day, but often don’t make the list for regular office cleanings. While these areas may seem like no big deal, the truth of the matter is that these spaces are often hot beds for germs and allergens.

Since employee sick days are a major interruption to productivity, it makes cents (pun intended) to invest in a regular deep cleaning. The exact definition of ‘regular’ depends on the amount of foot traffic and activity. These deep cleanings can be scheduled with a commercial cleaning service for after-hours or days when the office is empty to minimize disruptions.

When compiling a list of office deep cleaning tasks, include regular tasks, such as a regular flooring stripping and waxing, and any tasks from this office cleaning checklist that aren’t regularly completed. In addition, add these areas that often don’t get added to the list of office cleaning tasks.

  1. Behind kitchen appliances (i.e. refrigerator, toaster, etc.)
  2. Light fixtures
  3. Kitchen appliance handles
  4. Microwave
  5. Window blinds
  6. Window treatments
  7. Office chairs
  8. Counters in common areas
  9. Drawer handles on desks
  10. Supply cabinet knobs
  11. Interior door knobs
  12. Touch screens on printers and fax machines
  13. File cabinets (tops and handles)
  14. Light switches
  15. Elevator controls
  16. Phone headsets
  17. Exterior doors
  18. Ducts (and duct covers)
  19. Baseboards
  20. Tops of cubicles and cabinets
  21. Ceiling fans
  22. Building exterior
  23. Behind printers and office machines

Many of these areas are hotbeds for germs and can contribute to the spread of workplace illness. If there is a series of absences due to illness, facility managers and workplace managers should consider scheduling a full company sanitation to stem the spread of germs.