Return to the Blog Home Page

Rytech’s Commercial Water Damage Service

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021
commercial water damage service

When there’s a need for commercial water damage service, the scale and consequences of damage are often more extensive than residential incidents. Potential losses may be greater, as well, as critical equipment and products may be endangered and normal business interrupted. Company workers may also be facing a disruption in income because the affected building is not habitable.

Here are some other reasons why commercial water damage can be specifically challenging:

  • Higher water pressure.  Commercial buildings often utilize higher water pressure to service the larger structure plus specific needs relating to the company business. That means a greater volume of water may be released faster into the building in the event of a ruptured water supply line.
  • Larger roof area. Because of the typically larger square footage of a commercial building, the potential damage from roof leakage is also more likely. Since many commercial roofs are flat, leakage from deep standing water on the roof due to inadequate or blocked roof drainage is also more prevalent.
  • Hidden damage. Commercial buildings often incorporate more areas of the structure where water damage can occur without immediate notice. Plumbing pipes are often routed through unseen or seldom-visited areas.
  • Unoccupied premises. Because commercial buildings are often not occupied for long periods over weekends and holidays, water damage occurring in that time frame may be very advanced by the time it’s discovered.

Commercial Water Damage Service

Water damage in a commercial building can mean a substantial reduction of revenue as well as lost customers. Professional service to restore normal operations must take into account the unique requirements of a business, including:

  • Rapid response—24/7/365—to return all company functions and services to normal operation, ASAP.
  • Site security while water damage recovery services are underway.
  • Techniques to isolate water-damaged areas of the building from unaffected areas in order to keep as much of the company operational as possible.
  • Attention to preventing ancillary issues such as excessively high indoor humidity that damages business paperwork and documents.
  • Mold prevention and decontamination procedures to meet EPA and OSHA requirements. 

Don’t Settle for Anything Less than “Rytech Dry” for Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

water removalTo meet the standards of commercial water damage restoration, just “dry” isn’t enough. After water damage, a building that appears dry may still harbor covert moisture that continues the ongoing process of structural deterioration. Addressing issues that occur with commercial water damage restoration calls for a higher standard. Rytech Dry takes restoration to the next level to ensure results that stop the progression of water damage immediately and also prevent long-term aftereffects like the growth of toxic mold.

Instead of settling for dry, make sure the job’s complete with the benefits of Rytech Dry:

  • First and foremost, the origin of water damage must be located and stopped. In the absence of outdoor flooding, that may not be as obvious as it seems. Water quickly migrates inside enclosed buildings and may pool far from its origin. Tracing it down often means looking for hidden causes like roof leaks, pipe ruptures and malfunctioning appliances.
  • What kind of water is affecting the structure? If it’s clear water straight from a broken water supply pipe, for example, recovery procedures are typically uncomplicated. However, if you’re dealing with backed-up raw sewage entering the building or inundation due to outdoor flooding, toxic biohazards are present and impose special techniques to neutralize the hazards of microbial contamination during and after the clean-up.’
  • No moisture left behind. After water damage, moisture may still hide in many places inside a commercial facility that appear dry—but actually aren’t. Utilizing moisture-detecting equipment makes it possible to probe suspect areas such as the inside of wall voids and underneath flooring to locate residual moisture. Advanced water extraction equipment and industrial dehumidifiers remove liquid as well as damaging water vapor from the building.
  • When is dry Rytech Dry? Only when scientific test equipment is utilized to track the state of dryness at various points in the recovery process. Moisture measurement criteria developed by the science of drying—called psychometry—determines when the optimum state of dryness exists inside a structure and the building is truly Rytech Dry.

When it comes to commercial water damage restoration, remember that the building isn’t dry until it’s Rytech Dry.

 

The Importance of Fast Cleanup Following Floodwater Damage

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

floodwater damageFrom the moment floodwater damage occurs, the clock is ticking. Minute by minute, hour by hour, until qualified water damage personnel arrive and take control of the situation, everything gets steadily worse. That’s why any reputable professional water damage recovery service operates on a 24/7/365 basis. There’s no such thing as after hours or closed for the holiday. Rapid response is critical to any successful water damage and mold remediation process.

Here are some examples of how floodwater damage worsens as time passes.

During the First Hour:

  • Water infiltrates deep into the structure.
  • Carpeting and fabrics that have become wet stain other surfaces.
  • Anything highly moisture-sensitive like home electronics, many appliances and even certain types of delicate wood flooring or furniture that have been contacted by water may already be a total loss.
  • Wet books, photos and important papers will likely require timely professional restoration techniques to save them.
  • Household electrical wiring and other electrical system components pose safety hazards.

During Day One:

  • Wooden furniture in standing water begins swelling and is permanently deformed.
  • Soaked building materials like wood and drywall swell.
  • Pungent odor of moisture-activated bacteria pervades the house.
  • Corrosion or rusting process begins on uncoated metal surfaces.
  • In outdoor flooding, snakes and other wildlife may invade the premises.

During The First Week:

  • Toxic mold growth activated by moisture begins.
  • Waterlogged drywall and ceiling panels start disintegrating.
  • Doors and windows swell and distort, becoming stuck in the closed position.
  • Wooden structure components swell, warp and split, losing structural integrity.
  • Indoor air quality may become unsafe to inhale without masks or other protection.

After one week, a flooded house is dangerous to enter for anyone other than trained professionals with specialized equipment. Rampant mold growth, as well as other likely contaminants such as sewage, make the environment highly toxic. Deterioration of structural materials creates dangers of collapsing walls and ceilings. Standing water in a flooded basement may have permanently cracked the foundation. Costs of successful recovery increase dramatically.

Don’t waste time when floodwater damage occurs. Get an instant, informed response anytime you call the professionals at Rytech, Inc.

 

Benefits of Hiring an ASD Certified Technician

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Applied Structural Drying is one of the important certifications you should look for when considering water damage restoration for your home. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the organization that sets industry standards for water damage, mold remediation, and other household services. IICRC certification is a sign that the contractor you hire subscribes to rigorous criteria for businesses practices and professional expertise.

applied structural dryingWhat’s Different About ASD?

Applied Structural Drying (ASD) is a specialized, non-invasive drying procedure that utilizes state of the art methods for the fastest and most effective resolution to water damage issues. It’s a comprehensive approach that relies on specific data known as psychometry to scientifically guide the drying process and confirm when standards are achieved. Drying equipment is used more efficiently to very specifically target affected areas, reducing expense, time and household disruption of water damage. ASD techniques can meet rigorous standards often without significant removal of furnishings, fixtures or even wet carpeting.

The ASD approach offers these benefits:

  • When the water is Category 1 “clean” water — the most common type of indoor household water inundation — advanced water extraction and drying methods allow drying of carpets, carpet padding and flooring “in place,” rather than expensive and time-consuming removal.
  • ASD begins quicker without delays imposed by dismantling and removing components of the house, so water is extracted and dried before it migrates deeper into the structure.
  • Because the excessive humidity inside a water-saturated structure is a major contributor to the severity of damage, rapid and continuous dehumidification is an important element of applied structural drying.
  • The faster drying is executed, the less likely active mold growth will be triggered.
  • Occupants can return to the house more promptly.
  • Psychometric data gathered before, during and after the drying process provides documentation that drying goals have been successfully achieved.

To make sure you get the benefits of cutting-edge applied structural drying techniques, contact Rytech, Inc. for more information about technicians with IICRC ASD certification.

The Dangers of Water Intrusion to Your Commercial Building

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting and the effects more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volume water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is greater than a typical residence, as well. Also, commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number, as well.

water intrusionWater intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like the growth of toxic mold may be even more problematic than in a home due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

  • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
  • Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water.  Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

For professional mediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and its consequences such as mold growth, contact Rytech, Inc.

Getting Back to Work: Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Commercial water damage restoration not only restores a building. It restores jobs and income to the people employed there, products or services to customers, and a healthy environment for everyone who utilizes the structure. If it’s not done right, or on time, the ultimate result can be the closing of a facility, relocation elsewhere, and severe impact to a private business or public organization’s bottom line. Because the scope of water damage in commercial settings is frequently wider and more extreme than in a residential scenario, water damage remediation specialists with experience specific to commercial buildings are positioned to provide effective emergency service when the need arises.

commercial water damage restorationHere’s a typical protocol utilized in commercial water damage restoration:

  • All areas contacted with water are inventoried, including affected building materials and furniture. Any wet carpet must be located and identified.
  • Wet ceiling tiles may be removed and discarded after the event. Ceiling tiles usually are not salvageable.
  • A moisture meter should be utilized to check for water-damaged drywall. Disinfection and mold control techniques may need to be initiated.
  • Wet electrical components are assumed to be hazardous. A qualified maintenance technician or electrician should cut off power to affected areas. Inspection by a building inspector or electrician is required to determine the need to replace wet wiring, circuit breakers, outlets and light fixtures.
  • Upholstered furniture wet by flood water, roof leaks, or sewage reflux should be discarded. Furniture contacted by drinking water can be air-dried if done within 24 hours. Laminate or hardwood furniture can be cleaned with a disinfectant solution and reused; particle board furniture may be discarded.
  • Carpet contaminated by sewer reflux must be disposed. Carpet wet by drinking water or rain water through roof leaks may have water extracted and then be sterilized.

For experienced commercial water damage restoration, contact the professionals at Rytech.