Living and working in a climate like Dallas, Texas you are lucky enough to get some pretty beautiful temperatures and lots of sun all year round, but unfortunately there can also be a lot of rain and tropical storms during hurricane season. If you own office space that has recently sustained mild to moderate water damage and you’re trying to figure out the proper steps for you to take, you’ll want to read on. Here are some tips which can help you make sense of the process and get your office back to working condition.
Make Sure It’s Safe to Be in the Space
The very first thing you want to do is consider the safety of you and your employees. Even the smallest bout of water damage can be dangerous, so you want to be sure that your office is safe to enter. You will need to check for holes, cracks, warping, or cracked foundations before you enter the space. It’s also important that you contact the utility companies if you think there has been damage to the sewer, electric, gas, or water lines.
Only when you are absolutely sure the office is safe should you enter the premises. At this point you should also be placing a call to your insurance provider, who will likely want to send an agent over to do an inspection.
Take Photos Before Repairs Begin
It’s also important you take the time to take as many photos as possible of the damage. If you’ve got a video camera, this is probably a better option. Your insurance provider will need the pictures/video for their records.
Get Rid of Any Remaining Water
Before any repair work can be done, all the water needs to be gone. You can always purchase or rent a wet vac or a sump pump. It’s also a good idea to have as many doors and windows open during this time to help dry up the space. Large fans placed throughout the space will also help with ventilation and drying.
It’s also important to note that mold can start to form in as little as 24 hours, so the faster you can get the water out and start to dry the space, the less chance it has to grow.
Contact a Local Contractor
While there will be some issues you can deal with yourself, such as removing the water, it’s best to call on a Dallas commercial sheetrock repair contractor that can will come in and take care of everything for you. The old sheetrock will either need to be cut where the damage occurred, or removed all together depending on the extent of the damage.
A company such as Expert Drywall USA is able to install, paint, repair drywall/sheetrock, and plaster for commercial businesses. You know the job will be done correctly and quickly, which will allow you to get back to business as usual that much faster.
There is also the fact that your existing flooring will need to be removed, the sub-floor dried out, and then new flooring installed.
A Careful Process
While there are a number of steps required to get the office back to normal, each of these steps help ensure that the space is safe and comfortable once again.