What Should Be the Biggest Concern After Water Damage at Our Marina Del Rey Hotel?
SERVPRO Can Help Establish Issues that Threaten the Structure or Your Business
Water damage incidents in hotels can lead to a cocktail of unexpected problems, including canceled bookings, relocations of guests to other rooms within the facility, or other hotels in the area, which translates to lost revenue. Water exposure is also likely to damage various parts of the structure. With all the problems piling up, it is easy to lose track of crucial things. Involving a team from SERVPRO when there is an incident at your Marina Del Rey hotel can help address all critical issues.
What aspects of water damage require urgent attention?
Water damage incidents in Marina Del Rey unfold differently, so what needs urgently addressing varies in each event. However, any aspect of the damage that might ruin the reputation of the hotel deserves prioritization. In most instances, the origin of the leak determines what is at risk. For example, a malfunctioning fire-suppression system can drench your guests' luggage, ruining their items.
Apart from damaging items, spilled water can also create hazards within the structure, especially the risk of slip-and-fall mishaps due to slick floor surfaces. Guests may overlook a few damaged possessions, but injuries can lead to lawsuits. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you manage the situation by taking various steps, including:
- Providing special storage for wet paper materials and electronics
- Setting up warning signs on wet floors
- Arranging items during restoration to avoid clutter
When exposed to water, documents or books deteriorate quickly as the ink smudges and papers matt. Although wetting happens fast, it is possible to save the items from complete ruin by storing them in a frozen state for at least 24 hours. Later, a process like sublimation can help dry them without smudging the ink. Electronics, on the other hand, need storage that ensures they do not cool to the dew point to guarantee internal components do not rust. Helping your guests save their valuables can go a long way in safeguarding the reputation of your hotel.
Should we worry about damage to the structure?
Delaying moisture migration in Marina del Rey after the water spills pose various risks to the building. The moisture can find a way into wall cavities and multiple assemblies, including stairs and closets, where it can continue causing damages over time. Failure to address the spilled water adequately can lead to a variety of problems, including:
- Mold breakout
- Unexplained odors
- Physical deterioration of materials
Although the issues may not have catastrophic effects, they can affect your business negatively. For instance, bookings can diminish if guests experience bad odors or notice mold anywhere in your establishment. Deterioration of materials in closets and stairs can prompt expensive repairs before the due time.
How can we prevent severe water damage to materials?
Although there is little you can do to the water once it spills, it is possible to prevent or minimize the damages it causes by taking actions such as:
- Removing all standing water
- Removing sodden materials
- Drying the entire facility
Our SERVPRO technicians use different types of pumps, including submersible, portable or truck-mounted ones to remove standing water fast. Submersible pumps help when the water depth exceeds 2 inches. Portable extractors help when movement between the floors of the hotel is necessary.
Removing materials such as drywall and insulation saturated with water helps stop moisture migration through wicking. Our technicians make flood cuts a few inches above the water line for convenient removal of the wet materials and installation of the replacements.
How challenging is it, drying the entire hotel structure?
The sheer size of the hotel can raise moisture management's challenge, especially if the establishment has several floors. Drying works through evaporation, whereby, dry air is circulated continuously around the wet areas. Several units of air movers and dehumidifiers may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
Our SERVPRO crews have access to sophisticated equipment that can help ease the process. For instance, a trailered desiccant dehumidifier placed outside the building can help manage the drying process more effectively. We have a wide array of accessories such as reinforced duct lines and lay-flat ducts to help manage the intake and exhaust of air from the building.
Our technicians monitor the regularly to ensure all materials dry to their standard moisture content level. We also monitor cavities such as wall spaces to ensure they do not act as moisture reservoirs. Once the structure dries to the desired levels, you do not have to worry about problems developing due to the incident.
A water spill incident can ruin your business more than you expect. Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 to help with the restoration process. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.