Don’t Let Water Damage Stop Your Business | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights and Downtown San Antonio
If you suffer water damage to your building or commercial property, the impact and fallout can be catastrophic.
Water troubles can come from a variety of sources! Burst pipes or a leaky roof can ruin your inventory or warp your floors, or the damage could come from a faulty sewer or sprinkler system. There are many ways that water can affect your livelihood.
We are also at risk of water damage that comes from natural sources! If the San Antonio River overflows, we could experience a flash flooding situation or standing water in our basements. Regardless of how the water damage occurred, it is never a fun experience to live through and recover from.
<h2your-building">Understand Your Building
Do you know where your water shutoff valves are around your building and property? This ensures that you can stop a problem as soon as you discover the issue.
This knowledge should be shared with anyone who will be responsible for your business while you are not there, including managers or other leadership staff.
<h2kinds-of-water">Different Kinds of Water
Water serves many purposes during daily life, so it is important to know where the water came from to determine if it is dangerous to be around or touch without the proper safety equipment.
White water: This type of water is the kind that is typically within your plumbing and isn’t harmful to be handled in small amounts.
Gray water: Gray water resides in your sink drains and toilet tanks. It is considered contaminated but also not dangerous in small amounts.
Black water: If you have a black water problem, it means that you are suffering from a sewage backup or storm flooding issue. This water is toxic and should only be cleaned up by professionals.
<h2the-problem-right-away">Address the Problem Right Away
The first thing you need to do is shut down the water source right away. Open the windows and try to get air circulating immediately to start the drying process. Communicate with your team about the situation and close off the area until the water has been cleaned up.
Don’t forget to take pictures of any visible damage! This is important for the insurance claim process and will be useful for when you need to rebuild or repair.
<h2is-key">Patience Is Key
Even if the water dries up relatively quickly, your building could still be compromised. Your wall studs could be soaked, mold could have started to grow or your floors could be warped. All of these situations indicate hidden water damage.
If your business suffers water damage, call SERVPRO of Alamo Heights and Downtown San Antonio to ensure a quick response! Our team members are thoroughly trained in the proper way to clean up and address water issues, and we will dry out your building to get you back into action right away.
When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 24⁄7 to get started!