Water damage can wreck havoc on any business, especially during hurricane season. However, commercial operations such as breweries that work out of warehouses are particularly susceptible to damage from sustained water. Knowing how to protect against water damage, as well as the tips to use for any needed restoration can help to protect these operations from water related damage year-round.
Water/moisture damage is one of the most significant causes of commercial property damage. This is especially true for businesses in coastal states like Texas where humidity and rain are incredibly common, especially during hurricane season. Uncontrolled water and moisture can destroy the structural integrity of a building, cause mildew and mold buildup, and result in cracks on the floors, ceilings, and walls.
Commercial warehouse environments are particularly susceptible to water damage because they are massive structures filled with inventory with many different areas that may not be seen for weeks or even months at a time. Water and moisture can ruin inventory, merchandise, and anything else housed inside. Water damage to a warehouse may be unnoticed for a lengthy amount of time while quietly destroying inventory and the structure itself with mold and bacterial growth.
With this in mind, water damage restoration can help resolve these issues. Some tips to keep in mind for this process include:
Remove Standing Water
Remove any existing standing water by mopping and/or blotting the highly saturated area. If the flooded area contains furniture, machinery, or inventory, it is important to get these items to a dry and safe environment. If water damage occurs, open garage doors and windows to let outside air help dry wet areas. Depending on the amount of water, submersible pumps can be used to locate hidden moisture. At this stage, the damage is assessed, furniture and interior items that need to be restored are packed and removed, carpets and flooring are inspected, and the condition of interior ceiling, walls, and flooring is checked.
Dehumidify the warehouse premises and property. Drainage should be performed as soon as possible, preferably within 48 hours after the flooding has occurred. If the flooding is caught early, it can significantly reduce the likelihood of further damage. Existing moisture in the air can affect existing materials, inventory, and equipment in the warehouse, leading to spoilage, the formation of mold and fungus, and an unpleasant odor.
Have the Area Professionally Cleaned
A professional cleaning procedure is using special equipment and chemical reagents can help to sanitize the affected warehouse if it was flooded with dirty water. Cleaning may include washing, watering, surface treatment with foam, abrasive powders and chemical sprays to kill off any mold or mildew that may be present.
Cleaning specialists will also be able to deodorize the flooded area within the warehouse. Standing water can create mold and mildew that puts off a damp and musty smell. Cleaners will be able to utilize all necessary devices for suppressing sources of unpleasant odors including, sprayers, air plants, fog generators and ionic air purifiers. The choice of equipment for deodorization depends on the complexity of the situation and the total area of the room. If necessary, professionals of the cleaning company conduct antibacterial and antimicrobial treatment of the premises.
Protecting Against Water Damage
Water damage concerns are top of mind for the countless business owners that operate in warehouse-based workplaces. Because moisture and humidity can cause serious damage, the following measures should be taken to protect against water damage and avoid costly restoration repairs:
- Invest in High-Powered Dehumidifiers: Investing in a high-quality and high-capacity dehumidifier can protect a warehouse from water damage. These machines can be used to suck moisture out of the air and reduce overall humidity levels. Dehumidifiers are crucial in high-moisture environments like breweries where beer is continuously being brewed and stored in vessels at low temperatures for extended periods of time.
- Install Flooring Drainage: Warehouses used by the hospitality industry to store food and beverages typically contain flooring and drainage solutions designed to mitigate water and moisture. Proper drainage is crucial for these businesses because their output of wastewater can be fairly high. Trench drains can be used on driveways and sidewalks to allow water to drain through an elongated surface. Many prefer slot drains, however, as they do not use grating, making them a more sanitary option long term. Not only do these devices help with controlling wastewater, but they also prevent water damage.
- Upgrade Piping: A burst pipe can be devastating for any business; however, the chances of this happening in a warehouse setting is higher than average. This is because wastewater can have an incredibly high pH level that can eat away at pipes and drainage systems. Using high-grade stainless steel or durable plastic piping from the get-go is the best way to avoid dealing with future pipe-related water damage. While a cheaper solution can be tempting, repairs will cost more.
Water Damage Insurance Coverage
Water damage can cause incredible amounts of contamination to any commercial property and its business operations. Plumbing leaks behind walls, under the foundation, or failed equipment – such as hot water heaters – can cause extensive damage to a structure and its inventory. While water damage is typically covered under a commercial insurance policy, unfortunately, insurance providers often use any policy provision they can find to avoid paying for such damage. If a commercial property suffered water damage, and your claim for insurance coverage is being wrongfully denied or delayed, it’s important to get the insight of a qualified insurance attorney.
Houston Commercial Property Damage Attorneys
At Raizner Law, we are familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to avoid paying property damage claims, even if those claims fall within your commercial coverage. Insurance companies can be intimidating, using obscure language and denying you one of your most precious assets, time, when handling your claim. Our attorneys can help to hold insurers and others accountable for wrongfully denying or delaying your claim. Contact Raizner Law today to discuss your needs.