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Address Commercial Pipe Breaks Fast To Prevent Costly Water Damage

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Extracting and drying water in a commercial building

Handling the cleanup from bursting pipes carries a certain amount of urgency in order to prevent more damage from occurring, maybe more so when it happens in your commercial building in Llewellyn Park, NJ. It can be very upsetting and it may be confusing as to where to start.

What To Do When a Pipe Breaks

There are certain things that need to be done right away after you find a leak or flooding in your commercial building:

  • Shut the water off
  • Remove standing water
  • Dry things out
  • Check for structural damage
  • Clean up building and building contents

Turn Off the Water

The first thing that needs to be done is to stop the flow of water. Find the water shutoff valve and turn the water off. If bursting pipes are the cause, then a plumber or water mitigation specialist will need to be called to fix broken pipe fittings.

Extraction

Once the leak has been stopped, removal of the water needs to begin immediately to keep structural damage to a minimum. Commercial machines have stronger suction power and can be a great help in the extraction process.

Drying

Drying everything out as thoroughly and quickly as possible is critical at this point to prevent bacterial growth and mold from getting a grip on damp surfaces. Industrial power fans are helpful, especially in large areas or where you are trying to save the carpets.

Inspection and Cleanup

The water mitigation service can then check for any structural issues and make sure repairs meet the city codes for water damage in (name of city). Sheet rock, studs and sub floors, joists and wiring should all be checked. They can also assist with cleanup and in assessing proper cleaning procedures, whether that be disinfecting, laundering, dry cleaning or scrubbing. Some items may need to be disposed of.
Bursting pipes don’t need to spell disaster if proper cleanup procedures are followed. And, with a little bit of help, it can be “Like it never even happened.”

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