What to Do When Your Rental Property Floods
Large properties such as apartment buildings usually present unique challenges even when dealing with simple water problems. The costs of fixing damages from a burst water pipe in a condo, for example, can run up to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Why? Unlike other standalone properties, the leaking water in a condo or other property with shared walls can seep from the upper unit to the ones below it damaging ceilings and walls. In addition, some units might be left unoccupied for extended periods, and if the leak originates from such a unit, the water might run longer before anyone notices, exacerbating the damage even more. Here’s what to do when your rental property floods.
Steps to take when your commercial property floods
The steps taken during commercial water removal in Phoenix impact the success and to some extent, the cost involved when water damage occurs. Faster extraction of water from the property after detecting the source and fixing it is the key to a positive outcome. When you call SERVPRO of East Phoenix, our trained technicians combine different techniques for effective water removal. For standing water on the floors, we use portable or truck mounted extractors, but in case it is more than two inches deep, we can use submersible pumps to ensure faster extraction.
The water removal process can cause some damages if not done correctly. A wet carpet is 50% weaker so our SERVPRO team is careful when extracting water because this might damage the carpet. For glued down-carpets, we often find an extraction wand more effective while for carpets with a thick pad, we use a heavier tool to complete the removal faster. Having professionals with knowledge in water damage remediation is crucial to avoiding additional damage.
What happens once the water is removed
Although extraction of water is essential in the earlier stages of the removal process, relying on it alone cannot dry the property thoroughly. Since above average moisture levels can also cause problems, we try to ensure the property is dry to preloss conditions. In this final phase, we use drying tools such as dehumidifiers, air movers and drying mats. The drying mats are particularly useful when working on wooden floors. This helps to ensure there are no lingering issues from the water damage, such as odor or mildew. Our technicians are trained to follow specific procedures to not only remove the water, but ensure the cause is addressed and the damage is completely handled before we call a job done.
Contact SERVPRO for all your water flood needs
By taking the right steps, it is possible to remove water from commercial spaces fast enough to avoid extra problems or costs. If you experience a flood in your commercial property, contact SERVPRO of Phoenix at (602) 507-6163.