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SERVPRO Generates Efficient Water Restoration For A Church in Cleburne

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Top image: 2 power boxes and 1 air mover push air along a wall. Bottom image: 1 generator outside church building. A generator and power boxes help produce power for the mitigation equipment at a church in Cleburne.

Water restoration equipment will require a considerable amount of electrical power depending on the extent of the damage. Additional power, such as a generator, is often the most efficient solution. A Cleburne church had an overhead pipe burst and flooded the building. Due to aluminum wiring in the building, a generator and several power distribution boxes were required to support all of the mitigation equipment.

The process of restoring water damage in a commercial business is fairly similar to the process for a residential home. One difference is that a commercial building may require a significantly larger amount of electricity to power the machines necessary for restoration. This will typically be dependent on the magnitude of the water damage. When dealing with water damage situations, regardless of the size or location, there are important factors that need to be considered.

Before any work is done to mitigate the water damage, it is important to gauge just how much equipment is needed. Depending on the extent of the water damage, a substantial amount of equipment may be necessary. Damage in a single bedroom will require different support than water damage throughout a large office building. Earlier this year, we received a call from a church in Cleburne that was experiencing water damage in a large portion of the building. The damage was due to an overhead pipe that busted and was causing the ceiling to cave in. Just by hearing this initial report, it is easy to infer that this was definitely going to be a job that would require a lot of equipment for the mitigation process. Dehumidifiers and air movers are always used for mitigation purposes, but some cases may require specialty equipment such as heaters and air scrubbers.

After inspecting the extent of the damage and determining the amount of equipment needed, the electrical power that is available must be taken into consideration. The more high powered equipment used will require more electrical energy. However, not all buildings are able to provide the needed power for the mitigation process. This was the case when our technicians arrived at the church in Cleburne and found that the wiring throughout the church was aluminum. Aluminum wiring produces a lower amount of electrical power, so plugging up all of our dehumidifiers and air movers would not be feasible.

One solution to this problem would be to simply use less machines and continue at a significantly reduced pace. The building would eventually dry, but the slower pace would increase the chances of secondary damage. It is important to work as quickly as possible to dry any and all wet surfaces. With this not the ideal option, the more efficient option would be to bring in an additional power source. Our technicians had to bring in a generator and several power distribution boxes for additional power since the aluminum wiring was not able to support all of the equipment necessary to efficiently dry the church. The generator allowed the use of all essential tools for mitigation and to complete the job in a timely manner.

Here at SERVPRO of Crowley and Johnson County, we guarantee to generate professional and  efficient service. Our technicians will work quickly and thoroughly to restore your water damage in your commercial building “Like it never even happened.”

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