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Small Firms in Avon Often Rely Upon SERVPRO for Flood Loss Restoration

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Damage in a Fitness Center, Small Office or Large Building in the Avon Area? No Problem--Call SERVPRO

Addressing Commercial Flood Damage in an Avon Temp Agency

Sometimes the aftereffect of commercial flood damage creates more significant issues when the water damage seems small. Common effects of improperly addressed water cleanup can include mold, weakening of building materials and a tell-tale musty odor. Even one of these problems can affect a business.

A temporary staffing agency in Avon experienced commercial flood damage in their offices and contacted SERVPRO for mitigation. The company had cleaned up the initial water intrusion in the front area and conference room and a week earlier and wanted us to handle the unpleasant odor that remained.

SERVPRO technicians accessed the reception area and conference room and quickly found the issues plaguing the property. Our detection equipment found no remaining water in the front of the offices; however, the conference room had elevated moisture levels in a few places. The primary source of odor in the room proved to be under the conference table. The industrial carpeting with its rubber backing had a layer of moisture underneath. Our technicians removed the carpeting for disposal since we could not guarantee any risk of bacterial or viral problems in the future from the contaminated water. The legs of the conference table and chairs were raised on blocks so the floor could dry. Even though mold spores can germinate 48 hours after exposure to moist conditions, we saw no signs of mold growth.

Water migrated behind the baseboards but had not wicked into the sheetrock. Our technicians determined with the use of an Injecti-Dry setup, our air movers, could force air into the wall cavity and get rid of the excess moisture. Some areas of the floor showed elevated levels of moisture, and we chose to use drying mats to dry those floorspaces quickly.

In a business with heavy traffic from the public, it is vital that the property is both sanitary and smells clean. Once the conference room no longer showed excess moisture in readings, we cleaned and disinfected both the reception area and conference room with our EPA-registered disinfectants. These cleaners eliminate bacteria and inhibit mold growth. The Black Water from the flood necessitated spraying to secure a safe and wholesome environment.
After drying and cleaning, a residual odor remained. We used ultra-low-volume (ULV) fogging to neutralize the remaining scent in the room from the water. Afterward, the conference room was ready to get back to interviewing potential employees for the staffing agency.

SERVPRO of The Farmington Valley is available to mitigate commercial flood damage when you need us 24/7. Call us at (860) 675-4500, and our technicians can restore your property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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