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Dealing with Water Damage from Sprinkler Systems

In a commercial property, protection from fire damage is a must. An automatic sprinkler system may be what saves your building from going up in flames, but what happens when the building is now soaked and water damage starts to seep in? While commercial sprinkler systems provide millions of dollars in tax deductions, code and ordinance compliance, and insurance savings each year, it doesn’t mean that the headache of dealing with wet property goes away.

Sprinkler System Myth

First thing to know – when a sprinkler system kicks in to control the spread of a fire, it doesn’t spray water all over the building. A sprinkler’s job is to prevent fire from spreading and causing more damage which means it kicks into gear during the “flashover stage” of a fire – when it is moving from the “growing” stage to the final stage of a fully developed fire. Commercial sprinkler systems are meant to address a specific area of a fire – preventing the spread.

That may sound like you’re just trading in fire for water, but in reality if the sprinkler system is working the way that it should – it’s designed to reduce the amount of water used to contain the fire… far less than what the fire department would typically use to douse the flames.

What to Expect from a Sprinkler System

Here’s the thing – you WILL experience some water damage when your sprinkler system kicks in. Any water used indoors can lead to a moisture problem that will need to be handled by a professional team. This can include wet drywall, carpeting, and other building materials that can lead to mold and standing water.

A professional restoration company that is skilled in water damage is the best way to make sure all water is removed and every affected area is dry. At McMahon Services, our water restoration team will work with you to develop a full plan to return your property back to its original non damaged state. Here’s what we do:

1. Assess the damage

First, we’ll come in and walk through the property and figure out what exactly has to be done. This can include pumping out the water, removing drywall, carpeting, etc.

2. Clearing out items

We remove all items made of wood, cloth, or other porous surfaces to keep them from getting damaged even more. They are stored in a safe place until the area is dried out.

3. Remove the water

Using water pumps and other water extraction equipment, we remove the water from the area. While this is happening, air movers and dehumidifiers are also going to provide even more water removal power.

4. Drying the space

Dehumidifiers and fans are used to make sure everything is dried thoroughly to avoid mold and mildew from forming.

5. Perform any Necessary Repairs

If any damage has occurred from the water damage, McMahon Services will restore the property by replacing carpeting, drywall, or any other areas of the space.

Call McMahon Services and Construction at 847-566-4568 for your restoration and construction needs

At McMahon Services, our expert team of water damage professionals have been working in water damage and restoration services for over 20 years. We know what it’s like to need repair services quickly and efficiently. Call us today to get your facility back to normal as quickly as possible – we’re here to help!


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