Mar 15, 2020

Protecting Your Floors After a Flood

When one of the plumbing fixtures in your commercial space goes awry and starts flooding your office, it’s hard not to panic.
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When one of the plumbing fixtures in your commercial space goes awry and starts flooding your office, it’s hard not to panic. But while your receptionist is busy getting a plumber and Calgary commercial cleaner on the phone (403-237-8355), there are a few things you can do to help mitigate any long lasting damage.


Turn off the Water. The first thing to do is stop the water works. If you have access to the valve connecting the malfunctioning appliance to the rest of your plumbing system, you should definitely shut off the water ASAP. If you don’t have access, you may need to talk with the building manager to shut off the water to your entire office or even the whole building if necessary. 


The important thing is turning off the water as quickly as possible. The math is simple: the more water on your floor, the more likely you are to have permanent water damage and mould. Even if your flooring is tile rather than carpet or hardwood, the subfloor beneath is still made of wood. If there’s enough water flooding your office, water will seep into the subfloor and cause it to start rotting.


With the help of an experienced, commercial cleaning team you can prevent mould and a total floor replacement. If your commercial Calgary cleaner can diligently remove all of the moisture in under 24 hours, it greatly reduces the possibility that you’ll face expensive complications, like mould.


Assign Someone to Documentation. Your business will almost certainly be making an insurance claim. Choose your most detail oriented employee and have them begin to photograph and document everything. Your insurance company will need proof of the damage, so you’ll need to compile as much evidence as possible. Videos, pictures, and clear documentation will be integral to your claim.


Don’t Wait. If your usual commercial Calgary cleaning team won’t be able to get there until tomorrow or later in the week, find someone else. You’ll want to choose a team that is highly experienced in floor care. Ideally, choose a commercial cleaner, like Strathcona Cleaners, which also has specific flood-related cleaning experience. While you wait for the professionals to arrive, have your staff rescue as much furniture as possible. Rent a wet vac from your local hardware store, and start sucking up water. If possible, also rent two or three industrial-strength fans and dehumidifiers. These will be integral to sucking out every last drop of moisture — preventing moulds from taking root.


Whenever plumbing malfunctions and your commercial space floods, it’s vital to work with a professional Calgary cleaner. This is because there’s always the possibility that the water mixed with black water (sewage) before flooding onto the floor. With the potential of sewage-borne pathogens and bacteria, it’s necessary to have your office thoroughly deep cleaned by an experienced, professional commercial cleaner. Otherwise, you could be liable if someone gets sick.


Our team is fully equipped with the essential knowledge and tools to ensure your space is fully sanitized and safe for your staff and clients. When the worst happens and your commercial space is under water, trust our experts to get everything back in order quickly and efficiently. Call Strathcona Cleaners today and get the help you need today — 403-237-8355.