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Three Solutions to Emergencies You Might Not Know

on Friday, 28 July 2017. Posted in Blog, Commercial, Pre-Disaster Planning, Water Damage

Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, accidents happen. Toilets and sinks overflow, sprinklers are broken or go off accidentally, and other various damage can occur in your building.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Water Is Running in the Sink or Bathtub – If you have an overflowing sink or bathtub due to a clog, taking quick action is essential. Water damage is a serious problem that can cause mold growth, warped wood, and ruined carpet within a day or two, especially if the water is left untouched. Turn off the faucet and begin removing as much of the water and residual moisture as possible. Next, call the experts to handle the cleanup. When a sink or bathtub overflows, you’re left with contaminated water that could contain bacteria and viruses, along with traces of food, grease, dirt, and hair. What you might not know is that if you remove any affected building material (or have your emergency cleanup experts do it), you can avoid long-term issues that could affect indoor air quality.

There’s Water Damage From the Sprinkler System – While your facility’s sprinkler system is an excellent defense against unforeseen fires, it can often leave a wet mess behind, especially when there is no fire to extinguish. Whether a chef in your restaurant’s kitchen has caused the sprinklers to go off due to cooking issues or a tenant hangs heavy items from the system, you could easily be left with a watery mess in an instant. Sprinklers can cause damage not just to your floors but also to your facility’s drywall, carpeting, and other materials. What you might not know is that some sprinkler systems have chemicals in the water or suppressants that require special treatment during remediation or require removal of affected items.

The Toilet Overflows Due to a Preventable Clog – Sometimes guests will flush inappropriate items down the toilet such as diapers, clothes, tampons, and more. When this happens, your toilet will eventually clog and can cause a massive overflow of what we call “black water.” This type of water is specifically contaminated with human waste and could cause a huge health risk if you or others come in contact with it. If you find yourself with an overflowing toilet, call the professionals right away to let them properly handle the contaminated water. What you might not realize is this is something that your commercial property insurance policy covers, so you should call your agent as soon as the incident occurs to discuss the damage and whether it makes sense to file a claim.

Unexpected things are going to happen. Your Claria Clean team has your back when emergencies happen. If you aren’t a part of our PREP program, learn more about the program here to see if you qualify. PREP is a way we can ensure that you are ready for any problem.