Commercial buildings have water damages just like homes. There are various differences between buildings and houses that have water damage. 

The big difference between houses and businesses in the form of carpet that gets wet. Residential water damages generally have carpeting over padding. Not only is the carpet water damaged, but the padding is soaked in many cases or at least wet. The usual procedure is to take out the carpeting from the floor and get rid of the padding. Then remove the tack strip that holds the carpet down. Many homeowners forget to remove the tack strip and if they add a carpet fan to dry the carpet, the tack strip can actually rip a hole in the carpet as the carpeting is flapping up and down.

Commercial buildings normally have wet carpet that is glued to the ground so there is no padding. Though that’s good in one way, it creates another situation. The other issue is getting the base of the carpet that’s glued to the ground to dry.

Most carpet cleaners and cleaning janitorial companies use an air mover that blows on the carpet to dry the carpet. The dilemma is that the air mover is also referred to as a carpeting fan only dries the surface of the carpet. The problem gets bigger because unfamiliar to the property manager, carpet cleaner, and janitorial support the bottom of the rug is wet. The moisture beneath the carpeting (remember the carpet is glued to the ground and nobody can feel underneath the carpet) will be a feeding ground for mold and bacteria. Building management professionals may understand it’s a problem a couple of days later since they smell a foul odor. That odor is the growth of bacteria and mold development.

Unless you have a moisture meter to find out if the rug is wet underneath, you need to assume that the carpet is dry by feeling the surface of the carpeting. As we have just learned, this becomes a liability and chance for tenants and employees to whine and possibly bring legal action.

Drying under the carpeting and preventing mold damage and bacteria growth is actually very simple. Bear in mind that mold normally (although not always) requires 36 to 72 hours to start to grow. There are molds that grow faster, but this a mean time period for most molds. This information informs us that we’ve got some opportunity to work fast to prevent an issue. Please also remember that this process may be used by untrained and uncertified workers for wet carpet areas less than 3 feet x 3 feet. Any wet carpet areas more than this will require an IICRC certified practitioner.

To begin with, take the same air purifier which you used to wash the wet region and keep the atmosphere mover on for another 24 hours following the carpet feels dry. You will have to purchase a moisture meter that will test the base of the carpet After 24 hours the carpet should read dry, but if not let it run the following 24 hours. The reason you can dry underneath the carpet without taking the carpet up is through osmosis, drying the surface of the carpet will” suck” the moisture from the base of the rug towards the top. Taking away the moisture will reduce the potential for bacteria and mold growth.

There are more differences between drying water damage in a house and commercial construction such as firewalls, computer systems, complicated furniture.

Pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical firms and other sensitive production businesses have compounded issues. Because of worries of dust and mold, these problems may interfere with patients’ health and production procedures.

The main point is to be careful when employing a water damage restoration clean-up business. It is best for commercial property direction to start searching now and creating emergency plans to make sure they have all needs covered. Planning your own water damage recovery once the pipes burst is not the best approach.

If your business has been hit by storm damage or floods, employ a professional Portland restoration company such as PuroClean to securely and quickly restore your facility to pre-loss condition. For water removal solutions and mold cleaning services, contact your local PuroClean office. Click this link to find out more.