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4 Tips for Drying Out a Water-damaged Building

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment set to remove moisture in movie theater due to water damage SERVPRO of Olathe/ Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue can properly assess the safety of the area as well as provide help drying, sanitizing, and repairing.

4 Steps to Drying Out a Flooded Building

Whether your commercial space has been hit by a natural flood or a leaking pipe, it is crucial to dry out the structure to limit the extent of water damage. A water damage cleaning and restoration company can properly assess the safety of the area as well as provide help drying, sanitizing, and repairing the space. However, there are a few things you can do before help arrives to get ahead of the situation. Here are four damage tips in the event your Shawnee, KS, property has been infiltrated by water.

1. Consider Safety First
Always be cautious when dealing with a flooded area. Consider your personal safety before entering a water-logged space and be wary of electric shock hazards and harmful elements within the water such as sewage. 

2. Check for a Pipe Burst or Other Cause of Water
Once the area is safe to enter, one of the most important damage tips is to determine the source of water. Doing so may be able to pinpoint the damage and most of the repair work to one area, such as a bathroom with overflowing toilets or one area of the roof that’s leaking.

3. Open Windows
Opening the building's windows may sound simple, but it is actually one of the most important cleaning tips you can do before restoration professionals step in. This allows for air circulation and can help to draw moisture from the building.

4. Don’t Force the Drying Process
Until help arrives, it may be tempting to crank up the heating or cooling systems to dry out the building. However, this may end up causing more damage. Allow for experts to assess the situation and develop a plan for drying.

When water hits your business, keep these damage tips in mind to get a head start on the drying and repair process until help arrives.

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