The effects of a water damage disaster in commercial buildings are serious. In fact, they tend to be even more serious than the effects of water damage in homes. Part of the reason for this is that water damage in commercial buildings affects far more than just the building. It affects employees, customers, and even your revenue stream in many cases. From our water damage restoration experts at Restoration 1 of Denton County in Lewisville, here are four of the main effects of water damage in commercial buildings, and how to restore it.
Mold growth is a ubiquitous concern any time water damage is at hand. This should come as no surprise since mold only needs 24-48 hours to begin spreading after a flood. The last thing you want is to mold to develop and spread throughout your building before the water is removed. This is because mold is extremely difficult to get rid of for good once it takes root in a building. There is a high chance it will keep coming back and cause you problems in the long term. Make sure you contact a professional water damage restoration company for help as soon as possible so the water removal process can begin as soon as possible.
In conjunction with mold growth, structural damage is a less common, though very serious, consequence of water damage. The good news here is that you shouldn’t expect structural damage to occur when the water has only been in the home for a short time. This is because water damage causing structural damage is typically only a serious concern once the water has been in the home for multiple days. The one key exception to this is your drywall. Drywall is very absorbent and fragile so it will take and water difficult sometimes needs to be replaced after contact with drywall.
Dealing with the fallout of a flood is surely not good for employee morale. Whether employees must continue to work during noisy repairs, put up with foul odors from the water, or worry about coming into contact with contaminated flood water, you should be extremely sensitive of their needs and concerns. If possible, you should send your home employees home during the main portions of the restoration job. In essence, just make sure that they know you understand their discomfort and appreciate the work they do.
Last of all, low customer appeal is an important consideration relating to water damage. Of course, this depends on whether or not you regularly have clients in and out of your building. If you do, however, it’s important that you take this seriously. Exposing customers or clients to water damage in the building may diminish your appeal to them and cost you business in the long run.