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Any kind of disaster that damages your building and workspace can severely halt your company’s ability to operate at full capacity. When those kinds of downtimes interrupt your productivity, it exponentially costs you time, money, and causes immense stress. Some disaster-related damages can even cause trauma to your staff and create very dangerous situations. If you are experiencing damages to your company workspaces for any reason, ServiceMaster Recovery by C2C Restoration is here to help. Our hardworking team of restoration technicians have the expertise, solutions, and equipment needed for comprehensive restoration and extensive rebuilding to return your building to pre-loss conditions. We provide complete water, fire, mold, smoke, and biohazard damage remediation, including pack-out, board up, storage, building reconstruction, carpet and upholstery revival, and the restoration or replacement of all affected items. When you choose us for commercial damage restoration in San Diego, CA and the surrounding counties, we guarantee a quick, full recovery so you can get back to work without worry.
One of the most frequent causes of building damage due to a broad range of events is water damage. Water damage can come in the form of something as severe as a flood or as minor as over-humidification. No matter the cause of water exposure to your building or the extent of the damage it creates, our restoration team can quickly reverse those dangers.
Commercial damage restoration for water exposure issues can be done in several ways, depending on the cause and severity of the damage. In this area of the U.S., there are many sources of water damage to watch out for.
Sources of Water Damage
Commercial damage restoration for water exposure issues can be done in several ways depending on the cause and severity of the damage. Most reasons why your building could be exposed to water damage include the following:
- Flooding: Several regions of San Diego County are prone to severe flooding. The worst floods spread over watershed areas including the Santa Margarita, San Luis Rey, San Diego, San Dieguito, Tijuana, Sweetwater, and Otay Rivers. During times of heavy rainfall, these rivers can cause major flooding across the county. This kind of severe flooding leaves the most significant amount of water damage in its path. Not only does water damage from floods leave immediate water damage to building structures, interiors, and items inside, it also carries serious risk of biohazards as it picks up sewage, dead animals, chemicals, and other dangerous waste. In addition to the drastic immediate water damage, floods expose buildings to an increased threat of toxic mold growth in the long term if the initial moisture isn’t fully removed.
- Storms: While storms with heavy rainfall can lead to the aforementioned flooding that impacts whole communities and causes large-scale water damage, other storms can also cause different kinds of problems. Storms with smaller levels of rainfall can still cause damage if your roofing, windows, or doors leak. Storm precipitation can overwhelm drainage systems and cause building damage to lower floors, and storms with high winds can hurl debris that damages your building in ways that allow moisture into places it shouldn’t be. Another recent issue with storms and weather patterns in the usually predictable San Diego area are colder temperatures during winter months. While the previous freeze was over 100 years ago in 1913, climate change is creating new records in Southern California. In February of 2020, temperatures dropped into the 20s in San Diego, and the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning. When these cold fronts and winter storms come through the region, most buildings aren’t prepared to handle the cracked pipes or other water damage freezing temperatures cause.
- Humidity: Because most of Southern California is a basin region between the Pacific coast and several mountain ranges, its climate ranges from semi-arid to tropical. In San Diego, the average monthly humidity level is 69% and about 10-12 inches of rain falls annually. This means moisture indoors and building exposure to long-term humidity can cause problems. If your company has damaged air circulation, HVAC, or filtration systems, or even if these are working at partial capacity, humidity can create long-term water damage issues. The most common problem we see with exposure to humidity is mold growth. Mold toxicity is a serious danger to you and your staff, but it also often causes building damage in its own subtle way. Mold consumes cellulose, which is a general term for the many organics found in most building materials. Wood, drywall, paper, and even some paints contain cellulose that mold will eat away at over time. Learn more about mold toxicity and the importance of professional mold remediation. Other than mold growth, humidity can cause wood and other absorbent materials to swell and warp, corrosion of metals, calcium and sulfur deposits on surfaces, loosening of adhesives, and many other damages.
- Fires: Other than flooding, building fires can be one of the worst causes of water damage. Automatic sprinklers completely saturate interiors, destroy electronics, and damage other items, and firefighter hoses are powerful sources of water to stop the flames. While it’s important the fire gets put out for everyone’s safety, businesses are left to deal with the water damage on top of any damage caused by the fire. If you’re facing the terrible combination of fire and water damage, our technicians are well equipped to restore your building from the consequences of both.
- Plumbing: Even brand-new plumbing can fail at certain points, and, depending on the type of break, issues with pipes can introduce different kinds of filtered, unfiltered, raw, sewage, or waste water to your building. Not only does a leaking or broken pipe damage the exposed areas inside or within your building’s structural components, it can also expose your workspace to biohazardous waters. Failed plumbing can be obvious if it floods a large area, but a leaky pipe, broken seal, or damaged sump pump can go undetected for long periods of time. When it’s finally found, there can be severe long-term water damage, mold growth, and extensive biohazards.
- Earthquakes: Southern California is riddled with active fault lines, including the major San Andreas, Garlock, and Sierra Nevada fault systems. Because of this, earthquakes are commonplace in the area. While many earthquakes that occur annually are minor, there are still a large number of medium to severe events. These earthquakes resonate through buildings, affecting multi-level structures like offices and other company buildings the most. The shifting of the ground in an earthquake can crack pipelines, dislocate hose connections, unsettle toilets, break foundations, damage seawalls, and even open dams. Many earthquakes in the past have caused anything from minor water damage in homes to serious flooding throughout a neighborhood. Unlike many other areas of the country, earthquakes are one of the top causes of water damage in San Diego and the rest of the Southern California and Nevada regions.
Not only do our water damage restoration technicians completely remove any source of unwanted moisture and all biohazards including mold, bacteria, waste, and other pathogenic particles, they also reverse the damage caused, fully dehydrate your building with infrared and air flow technology, and perform final inspections before completing their treatments.
No matter what level of damage you’re facing, our restoration services can return your building to pre-loss conditions. Our water damage remediation process goes through the following steps:
- Shutting down power to your building to prevent risk of electrocution or continued electrical damage.
- Inspection of the source of water, the severity of damage, and what tools, solutions, and equipment we will need to employ.
- Elimination of the source of water if it’s still an ongoing issue.
- Removal of the majority of water with powerful extraction pumps.
- Employment of Low-Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers (LGR) and negative air machines to depressurize the indoor space and direct air flow. This helps us fully remove humidity and remaining moisture, scrub the interior of harmful contaminants, and clean the HVAC and filtration systems.
- Installment of desiccants that continually absorb moisture in the air as we begin the reconstruction, repair, and sanitizing process.
- Use of moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, thermo hygrometers, and hammer probes to seek out any water and humidity in hard-to-reach spaces or invisible to the human eye.
- Mold mitigation, removal, and full prevention of any long-term mold growth that might occur from this instance of water damage exposure.
- Complete restoration of company equipment, employee work spaces, appliances, electronics, and building interiors.
- Final inspections to guarantee our restoration services have totally met your needs and your business is ready to return to full and safe operation.
There are countless reasons why seeking the help of a professional provider of commercial damage restoration in San Diego, CA and the surrounding regions is critical after your company is exposed to water damage of any kind. Not only will the effects of water damage, no matter how small, compromise the health and safety of your staff, they will also continue to be a detriment to effective company practices for a long time.
Our expert services will get your business back on its feet quickly and comprehensively after a water damage incident or any other disaster. To learn more about our restoration services, contact ServiceMaster Recovery by C2C Restoration at firstname.lastname@example.org or at our fast response LA line: (323) 851-5543. For emergencies, contact us at (877) 468-3566.