One of the disasters that may happen to our homes, retail shops or offices is water damage. Whether caused by burst pipes and plumbing or a devastating flood, we have to look forward and make sure the property is clean and ready for use again in a short time.
In this article, we’re going to discuss how to clean an office after a flood or other water damage incident.
When you see the damaged place where everything you had or made is now wet and ruined, you may want to rush to clean everything up faster and start all over again.
But wait! There are a few tasks you should do first:
- Call the Insurance Company: if your office and whatever is in there is covered by insurance for such disasters, then you might be eligible to claim compensation. Therefore, call the insurance company and allow their agents to visit the premises and do their paperwork first.
- Take Pictures & Videos: take lots of pictures and videos of the property, rooms, furniture and everything else. Even if you don’t have insurance, still take pictures and videos just in case. They might come in handy later.
- Secure What is Left Undamaged: in case of water damage caused by burst pipes, usually, lots of items remain clean and undamaged. Take them out of the room and store them somewhere safe before starting the cleaning process.
- Hire Commercial Cleaners: the best way to clean up any type of water damage is to hire commercial cleaning services. Cleaning contractors have a full range of support services to cover your requirements when repairing, renovating and cleaning your property after flood or other water damage.
Clean Up Water & Flood Damage in 5 Steps
After doing the initial requirements, it’s time to start cleaning the affected area using this 5-step guide. Remember the duration of each step depends on the severity of the damage. For example, recovering from burst pipe water damage is relatively easier, cheaper and faster than recovering from a flood.
#1 Get Rid of The Water & Mud
The first step is to remove all the excess water from the damaged area. The amount of water depends on the cause of water damage and might be rectified with a mop and bucket or may require a pump and other specialised machinery. Also, in case of a flood, you may need to remove mud deposits that the flood brought in.
#2 Do a Basic Cleaning
When you completely remove water and dirt from the office, do a basic cleaning. Clean and scrub major surfaces like floors, walls, windows and doors with water or mild cleaning solutions. This removes any debris and residues that are easier to clean wet than dry. Since the next step is drying the damaged area, you really don’t want them to dry out and leave hard-to-clean marks.
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#3 Dry Out The Premises
The next step is to dry the affected area (a room or the entire house) and drive out moist. This step is crucial for the next ones. Drying out wetness not only stops the growth of moulds and bacteria but also prevents further damage to walls and floors.
Here are a few ideas for drying out water-damaged areas:
- Remove wet furniture and carpets.
- Open all windows and doors to help with air circulation (if you are living in a dry climate)
- Use a dehumidifier (tablet or machine) to reduce the moisture in the air.
- Use heaters and allow warm air to dry out the place.
Drying the damaged area may take a few days up to a week or two. It depends on the severity of the water damage and how long the water was present in the premises before you got rid of it in the first step.
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#4 Do Repairs and Renovations
After the place is dry, you have to plan for repairs and renovations (in case of flood). In most cases, hiring commercial handyman services can help you with your plumbing, painting the walls and other required building repairs after water damage. You may also need floor work maintenance and floor scrubbing, especially if your office has hardwood flooring.
#5 Clean Up The Rest
When the first four steps are done, you are left with a new room and, maybe, water-damaged and musty furniture.
First of all, you have to use commercial services like carpet washing and upholstery cleaning not only to save what is left of them after water damage but also to prevent musty smells when you move them back in after they are dried up.
Next, you can benefit a lot by having the affected area cleaned thoroughly. This includes a deep cleaning session to prevent the growth of mould and bacteria in case of any potential moisture on walls. It also ensures hygiene after major repairs and maintenance events in the building.
At the end, bring back the furniture, set up the room again and start working like usual.
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Secure Your Premises
Water damage is an unpleasant experience for everyone. It leaves bad memories for you especially if you haven’t got insurance to cover such incidents.
While predicting or preventing such disasters is impossible, the best way is to make sure you are your property and assets are prepared. Get insurance that covers the property and everything in it in case of a flood and other minor water damage incidents. Also, check plumbing twice a year and replace pipes at first signs of rust or degradation.
To conclude this post, let’s see what you’ve read so far. Flood and other water damage accidents are inevitable and unpredictable. While it is suggested to prepare the property for such a disaster by getting insurance and checking plumbing, it still might happen and damage the office and everything in it.
This post presented a 5-step guide on how to clean up after water damage from a flood or minor accidents like pipe bursts. The information in this post can help you manage the process of cleaning damaged areas and get back to normal operations as soon as possible.