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5 Reasons Why You Should Not Clean Up Water Damage at Your Property Yourself

Posted by Tom McArdle on 10/7/21

Water damage is something that occurs quickly and without warning. When it damages commercial property, it can be even more devastating. Not only does the property owner have to take care of cleaning up the damage, but they also have to do so in a timely manner so the business can open up again as soon as possible. 

In short, water damage doesn’t just damage a building - it can cause considerable interruptions to your business as well. 

avoid-diy-commercial-water-damage-cleanup-odorox-hydroxyl-groupWhile your first instinct may be to roll up the sleeves and start fixing the damage yourself, there are actually several reasons why the clean up should be done by professionals. In this article, we will show you 5 reasons why you should skip the DIY and call for professional help when your commercial property is damaged by water.

What You Need to Know About Water Damage

Before we give you our reasons, there are a few things you need to know about the nature of water damage.

First of all, water damage can come from a variety of sources. The most common reasons for water damage in commercial property include:

  • Severe weather
  • Leaking pipes
  • Clogged drains or gutter systems
  • Malfunctioning sprinkler systems

No matter what the cause, water damage can become a dangerous situation rather rapidly for both your business and your employees. One of the biggest threats to both your property and the health of your team is mold. Within as little as 24-48 hours, mold can start growing from untreated or poorly treated water damage. Mold can not only damage your structure, but it can cause respiratory infections, worsen allergies and headaches in people. 

Not to mention that businesses affected by the damage will need to close long enough to ensure proper cleaning. That kind of downtime can lead to property vacancy, which comes at a huge price to the property owner. 

The bottom line is that in order to keep tenants safe and businesses open, you will need to treat the clean up of water damage seriously and swiftly. 

Why You Should Not Clean Up Water Damage on Your Own

So why should you skip cleaning up the damage yourself? Here are 4 reasons why:

1. Professionals have the experience.

You might have a full time maintenance staff at your property, but chances are that their experience with water damage is minimal. A professional restoration company, on the other hand, has extensive experience that helps them know they are cleaning right to avoid future problems. 

2. You may have structural damage.

Damage to your building itself is a great possibility when it comes to water. This type of structural damage isn’t always easily seen by property owners. Professionals have the experience to examine the structure to make sure it is safe and sound for all businesses and staff.

3. You’ll save on time and money.

It might seem like a cost-cutter to clean up your property’s water damage on your own, but that’s actually a misconception. A team of professionals will be able to inspect, assess, clean up and get your property’s businesses back up and running in a lot less time than it would take you or a regular maintenance crew. 

4. They have all the right equipment

As we mentioned above, it’s important to have water damage cleaned up correctly for both your property and for the people who occupy it. Professional restoration companies are going to not only have the expertise, but they will have the right industrial tools to get it done right the first time. 

One tool that disaster restoration professionals use in dealing with water damage are hydroxyl generators.

Hydroxyl generators, like those made by Odorox®, use the same powerful UV radiation that is produced by the sun to naturally and safely clean and deodorize indoor environments. By producing hydroxyl radicals, these generators can dismantle the molecular structure of odors and volatile organic compounds quickly and effectively using technology not available to the average property owner. 

Do you have the support you need from a disaster restoration contractor who has the expert knowledge and tools to protect your team, your staff, your tenants, and restore your property after a water damage disaster? Teaming up with a restoration partner who uses hydroxyl generators as part of their cleanup process is one of the best things you can do to safeguard your property and business should the worst happen. 



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