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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Water Damage from Sprinkler Systems

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Installing a fire ire sprinkler system offers reliable and affordable fire protection to your Fort Worth commercial properties. Not only do sprinkler systems save lives and prevent property losses from fires, but also save millions of dollars to business owners by way of tax deductions, code and ordinance compliance, insurance savings, and the ability to continue business as usual.

But for as beneficial as sprinkler systems may be in reducing harm caused by a fire, the downside is the damp mess left behind after an incident

Is the damage worth it?

To prevent a fire from spreading and causing widespread damage, if not a total loss, the sprinkler systems springs into action as soon as a fire is detected. This typically occurs during the “flash over” stage, or when the fire transitions from the “growing” stage to the last stage–a fully developed fire. Sprinkler systems can address the specific area of the fire, preventing the spread.

This may seem as though you are trading one catastrophe for another–a flood versus a fire; but the reality is properly functioning sprinkler systems are designed to reduce the amount of water used to put out the fire. In fact, a sprinkler system may use hundreds of gallons of water to douse a fire, while firefighters will use thousands.

Sprinkler System Water Damage

With that said, any water used indoors means you are left with a moisture problem that needs to be addressed, and quickly. Sprinkler system water damage can include: wet drywall, carpeting, and other building materials; not to mention the furniture and contents that will be affected, and standing water left behind.

The first step after an incident is to make sure all water damage is addressed as soon as possible. The longer water sits inside the worse off all the effected materials will be. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth's skilled and trained technicians can assess the existing water damage and develop a strategy to return your property back to its original condition making it "Like it never even happened"

A general idea of what to expect can include.

  • Clearing out possessions: To avoid further damage to possessions made from wood, cloth, or other porous surfaces, they will be removed from the property and stored in a safe place until ready to return. Some items may need to be replaced depending on the level of damage and whether or not they are able to be restored.
  • Removing the water: Water extraction equipment, dehumidifiers, and air movers are used to remove water efficiently and effectively.
  • Drying the area: Similar to removing the water, dehumidifiers and fans will be used to help make sure everything is thoroughly dry, in order to avoid growth from forming.
  • Repairing: When water damage ruins materials beyond repair or leaves permanent stains on carpeting and upholstery, restoring the property may require construction or additional cleaning services.

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