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Vero Beach Commercial Flooding | Causes
Most business owners are not aware that there are many potential factors that could cause water damage in their property. Often times people think of a major storm that takes down power lines, floods offices and shuts down businesses for days on end. This is likely, but there are multiple, typical factors that should be brought to attention in order to prevent an accident from happening. These include:
Sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection are great for reducing fire damage. But if they are old or malfunctioning, they can cause property flooding and damage furniture and inventory.
Don’t let your sewer lines get backed up! The lines can easily become damaged and the contaminated black water could potentially cause health effects and ruin products.
If an appliance is damaged and fails, it could easily pour water all over your building. If this happens at night, this would create a big disaster the next day. This is typically seen in restaurants or commercial kitchens.
Pipes and Plumbing
If a pipe bursts, serious water damage would occur throughout the plumbing system.
If you find your business building in the midst of an emergency disaster, SERVPRO of Vero Beach will get you up and running “Like it never even happened.” Call today at (772) 770-0501.
Slab leak caused flooded office and stalls.
When this business called about a slab leak, they would not have had such a big emergency, but the water started entering the attached office. This business has stalls where horses were kept. These stalls had to be cleaned out as well. Yucky smells for the production team but worth it getting to work around these magnificent, beautiful animals. The slab leak was fixed by a local company and we were able to get the office and stalls dried out within a day. It is a good day when a business does not have to close down for the day. We were able to work around their day and schedules. If I didn't know any better, I would say the animals were pretty pleased too.
Boat Business with a Leak
Drying out a business.
As seen in this picture, it wasn't actually a boat this time that needed our services, it was their office. After a water heater leak, the owners told us they were so glad it occurred during working hours. This allowed them to be able to shut off the valves and minimize damage. The water was extracted and air movers were strategically placed. Business was not interrupted for long and they raved about that. This company was definitely fortunate. There are so many instances where we see the disasters occur when no one is there, making bigger messes and bigger headaches. Not that this one wasn't, but they were definitely grateful it was during working hours for sure. Call us today with any questions. SERVPRO of Vero Beach.
Water Line Break
The water line flooded the back storage area of this engineering firm. The standing water was already damaging shelving and stored inventory and records when we arrived. By quickly extracting the water and moving items out of harm's way we mitigated the water damage. After cleaning up the area, we strategically placed some air movers and a silicone absorbing dehumidifier capturing the remaining airborne moisture. SERVPRO of Vero Beach technicians realize that secondary water damage can be secretive as it damages electronic equipment, concrete floors which need a slow drying process, and inventory that affects the production and profitability our commercial clients. Our We're Faster To Any Size Disaster slogan offers professionalism at its highest level to our residential and commercial customers. Don't hesitate, call us today.
Microscopic Danger : Asbestos!
This commercial building tested positive for asbestos.
At this property there was trace amounts of asbestos found in the ceiling. Years ago using asbestos in popcorn ceilings was a very common practice so the technicians had to be extra cautious. Before removing the asbestos contaminated popcorn ceiling the entire interior had to be completely contained so that no asbestos got onto any other surfaces.
Asbestos is a very dangerous mineral that should always be avoided. Its microscopic fibers cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted and it usually does not cause any immediate symptoms at all. Actually, symptoms may not be seen for 10-40 years after exposure to asbestos. However there are some symptoms that should be looked out for.
If you suspect you may have asbestos in your home or business give SERVPRO a call and we will come out and check for you!
Tips For Your Business While You Are Away.
Cause of loss in a local business.
If your business is going on holiday or extended break, making sure your commercial property in Vero Beach is safe from potential water damage hazards is vital. Without anyone there to immediately act on an issue that requires water pipe repair, a flooding problem can spiral out of control. Following these three tips can make coming back from a leisurely break to a flooded workplace unlikely.
1. Check the Water Supply Lines
Everything that uses water should be inspected. Businesses have many things that use the water lines and should be evaluated:
• Ice makers
• Washing machines
With a flashlight, check the attached cords for cracks or breaks. If you see any problems, turn that specific shutoff valve off and arrange for water pipe repair when you are back.
2. Turn Off the Main Valve Before Leaving
If you have access, it is important to turn off the main valve to the water supply. In an older commercial property, there is a gate valve that must be rotated until the gate it controls is fully down. In newer properties, there is a ball valve with a lever that needs to be turned 90 degrees to the “off position” when it is not turned the same way as the pipe.
Shutting down the main valve will stop looming problems regardless. When your business opens again, you can resume being vigilant of any leaks after turning it back on.
3. Inspect the Outside of the Property
The building’s downspout should be free of any debris to stop rainwater or snow melt from causing water damage. A simple check keeps the mechanism working towards keeping your business not flooded.
Water damage is scary, but it can be mitigated. If prevention isn’t adequate or water pipe repair is necessary upon return, reach out to trained professionals at SERVPRO.
Being mindful of ways to stop the water from flowing goes a long way to stop any problem from happening while away.
One of our local Vero Beach businesses that suffered water damage.
Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”
A few businesses that we handle are as follows:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
SERVPRO of Vero Beach will gladly estimate any job for you. Take a look at some of our before and after pictures too. They will surely show you we take pride in our work and treat each customer as family.
CALL US TODAY! (772)770-0501
Deeper clean for your business in Vero Beach
Air filter needing a change.
Businesses all around the Vero Beach area should be thinking deeper about cleanings. Most companies have nightly cleaning service or even day porters, but with the increase of infectious diseases, everyone should be thinking DEEPER CLEAN.
Some interesting facts to back up this notion:
Fact: C. Diff has killed more people than Ebola and can live outside the body for 70-90 days.
Fact: Tuberculosis is one of the fastest growing communicable diseases in the world.
Fact: This flu season 48 states had high levels of flu activity
Locals are concerned about staying healthy and thinking about all the places that germs might be lurking. Where do you go on a daily basis? The grocery store, work, restaurants, the gym, movie theater, schools or the mall might be a part of your travels. These busy populated places can be breading grounds for infectious diseases.
If you work or own a business in the area you can call SERVPRO of Vero Beach for a deep clean/sanitization estimate. Our services can get to that deeper level than surface clean.
Keeping your business open
Make sure your business stays open following any emergency.
According to FEMA, almost forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage affect your business.
Would staff know where to direct first responders?
Do your employees know your chain of command?
Do your managers know where water shut off valves are?
Thankfully, SERVPRO of Vero Beach can help with getting your plan underway. Not only do we offer a FREE customized Emergency Ready Profile, we have Pre- Disaster Agreements that set us up to be on call for your fire, water, and mold damages.
Creating a plan now is what will make the difference in what your sign will say. Call (772)770-0501 to schedule your FREE planning appointment.
A pipe in the ceiling ruptured, flooding out clubhouse.
Water is not a benign substance when it fills up spaces. Many building materials begin a devastating deterioration cycle after a soaking. Wood swells, absorbing the water and becoming distorted in shape. Metal rusts and pressed wood and paper products, commonly used as walls, ceilings, and trim, literally dissolve. As the structure of the building materials changes, they weaken and become unable to performs the jobs expected of them. Supporting walls bend, walls crumble, and flooring sags, warps, and buckles.
SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in the skill sets needed to remove all traces of excess water to restore the strength and integrity of waterlogged building materials. We start with a straightforward process -- pumping and extracting the standing water out of all the spaces in your business. Our pumps work even underwater, and high-efficiency extractors pull water out of carpeting, corners, and hidden recesses.
Expect our work crews to monitor moisture levels and use advanced scanning technology to locate water hiding behind walls and in the cells of cinder block foundations. All water must evacuate, or your home is at risk of secondary damage. Once the standing and trapped water is removed, we move on to drying residual moisture out of the structure and contents of the business. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers positioned throughout the flooded area continue to reduce moisture levels until the targets determined by our technicians are met.
SERVPRO VERO BEACH was called out to an emergency water call at a clubhouse in a commercial building. The picture shows the cause of the loss. Within two hours, the place was drying and the surrounding buildings did not even know an emergency had occurred.
Understanding Water Types
Water from outside entered the restaurant leaving contaminates along the way.
When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.
There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.
Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
- Move any paintings, are objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Damage from Contaminated Water
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure, air flow could spread contaminants.
- Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.SERVPRO’s network of more than 1,700 Franchises is ready to help in the event a fire, water, or mold loss occurs
- Call on a restoration system serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well as thousands of commercial property owners in North America. Don’t leave your property to chance.
Toilet Overflow At A Local Office Building
Water damage in an office caused by an overflowing toilet.
A toilet overflow caused a local office to flood in Vero Beach, Florida. By the time the flooding was noticed, the water was throughout the entire floor plan. There were many different rooms that were affected. This picture shows the water being sucked up by the drywall and the flooring peeling away from the wall. The office furniture and kitchen appliances had trapped water underneath them as well. SERVPRO of Vero Beach pulled out appliances and furniture of all the affected areas to make sure everything was dried underneath and within two days the office was dried.
SERVPRO of Vero Beach was called out and responded to this commercial building within 40 minutes and were able to get the office up and running again "Like it never even happened."
Broken Pipe in Vero Beach
The broken pipe that caused the damage.
A commercial business called SERVPRO of Vero Beach out to the business they were actually working on themselves because one of their employees stepped on a clients pipe in the attic trying to repair an A/C Unit. While trying to fix one problem they accidentally caused a bigger problem. However, the water was shut off quickly and SERVPRO of Vero Beach arrived within 30 minutes and were able to start the clean up right away. The pipe was repaired and the water from the pipe break was extracted and removed. I am happy to report both problems were sorted out the same day with fabulous results. SERVPRO of Vero Beach was glad to be of assistance of helping another business out for we all know accidents happen. This picture reveals the culprit.
Water Damage Businesses Can Count On SERVPRO
Water Damage to Commercial Building
There is a very famous quote from Ben Franklin that states "Time is Money." That is very true when your Vero Beach Commercial building experience a water loss that would require you to close your doors. For every hour your business is closed that is money that you're not making. Getting your doors back open is quickly and critical to your bottom line. That's why choose a company you can trust with your Vero Beach business! SERVPRO has over 50 years experience in water restoration and mitigation. We can not only restore your business quickly and effectively we can help you get your doors back open faster and get your business back to preloss condition which can save you time and money.
If you've never experienced water damage in your businesses knowing what will happen will help understand what will take place. When disaster strikes our highly trained professionals will arrive and assess your damage. From a broken pipe to flood damage our skilled team will walk your property, scope the loss and develop a customized plan of action for your business. Once an action plan has been developed our skilled technicians will begin the drying the process. Once the loss happens water will begin seeping into your floors, walls and ceilings. Drying your property quickly will prevent secondary damage which means getting your business doors open quickly. The science of structure drying is much more complicated than dropping a couple of fans in the room. SERVPRO uses state of the art equipment such as dehumidifiers, air movers, portable and truck mounted water extractors, vacuums, and more. The quicker the water is extracted the less likely mold can begin to grow.
While the structure is drying SERVPRO will begin the contents restoration process and other services such as:
- document drying
- mold remediation
- odor removal
- smoke removal
- vent cleaning
- air duct cleaning
If you experience commercial water damage in your Vero Beach Business contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Vero Beach. We are an IICRC-certified restoration firm and can handle any size loss. We can get your business doors back open and make it "Like it never even happened." Foe more info call (772) 770-0501.
Water Intrusion At The Vero Beach Airport Tower
SERVPRO of Vero Beach hard at work at the Vero Beach Airport Tower
This Vero Beach Airport tower suffered some water damage and what could have been a disaster was dealt with swiftly thanks to SERVPRO's quick response.
When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
After a water emergency strikes in a commercial building, you have your concerns along with the added stress and responsibility to get everything up and running again. SERVPRO offers the resources locally and on a national level to rehabilitate even a complex commercial water damage scenario. We exceed your needs both to repair your property and also to restore the trust the companies and individuals have invested in your professional commercial management.
Although burst pipes or a roof leak may start in a confined area of your office building, apartment complex or warehouse space, the resultant flood and seepage of water can spread far from the original breach. Even if the water overflow can be traced to reasons beyond your control, you as manager are charged with the task of protecting your building and fixtures and ensuring that all everything operates and business carries on as usual.
SERVPRO understands how important it is to limit the downtime of your business operations. We make every effort to clean and dry the structure quickly, staging the restoration process with an eye to reestablishing business operations even before the entire remediation is accomplished. Preventing secondary damage from contaminated water is a major goal, made more attainable if we are involved as soon as possible in the process.
If your commercial property has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach immediately. We can be reached at (772) 770-0501 - 24 hours a day every single day of the year, our technicians eager to get you back up and running again.