The Challenges with Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Office space with water damage

Every restoration is different. We know this from our years and years of experience. We’ve seen it all from smoke and fire problems to mold and water issues. Whether the job is residential or a commercial restoration adds in new challenges. In this blog, we’ll explain why commercial restorations are unique and how AWR Restoration & Cleaning can help your business recover from damage.

Commercial Restoration

Your business impacts not only your family but the families of all of your employees. All of the businesses here play a part in our community. Being a local business ourselves, we understand how important it is to reopen your business as soon as possible. We want to make it safe for you to do so.

Tips for Prevention

It’s hard to be prepared when disaster strikes. If you haven’t experienced it before it can feel devastating and isolating. Luckily, we can take steps to both prevent disaster from ever happening and to make a plan if they do.

Plumbing Maintenance

Go over the potential issues your business may have. For example, make sure your plumbing is well-maintained and in good condition. Plumbing problems cause the biggest share of water damage, so make sure you’re doing whatever you can to prevent that from happening. Things like regular inspections will end up saving you money in the long run!

Another part of preparing for a disaster is drafting an emergency plan. How will you communicate with your employees? How can you ensure their safety and the safety of your customers? All of these answers are going to be different depending on the specifics of your situation, but the important thing is to answer them by making a plan. With the current health crisis, this is even more important to consider as businesses start opening up.

If you’re not sure where to start, consider some of the following suggestions:

  • Make an emergency contact list

  • Establish clear emergency procedures

  • Have staff members trained in common emergency scenarios

  • Date storage backup, accessible off-site

These are just some suggestions and not a full list. It’s important to evolve with the times. After all, many companies may not have had comprehensive plans to deal with COVID-19, but now many companies will have things in place for future health crises. When it comes to water, fire, and smoke damage, keep AWR Restoration & Cleaning in mind and call us right away.


One of the other main differences between commercial and residential damage restoration is the additional complications with your insurance company. Because there are so many more potential moving parts, insurance investigations can take quite a bit longer than for residential restorations. No one likes to work with their insurance company and when you know how many people rely on your business, it can be even tougher to deal with. Luckily, our team has gone through years of restorations and we understand the ins and outs of the insurance business. We can walk you through the entire process and take some of that stress off your plate, so you can worry about your family and your employees.

It’s important to plan, but sometimes disaster strikes without warning and you can’t prevent it. When this is the case, you need a professional team that understands the way insurance affects your business and has the expertise to restore your company to normal safely and as soon as possible.

While you can do your best to prepare, water damage is sometimes inevitable. It affects thousands of businesses every single year. If you are impacted by water damage in your home, call AWR Restoration & Cleaning at (206) 823-2252 or fill out an online contact form, and we’ll take care of it for you.

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