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Water Damage in Floors

Water Damage in Floors

Water Damage in Floors

Water damage can have severe repercussions on the structural integrity and aesthetics of floors in commercial buildings. The adverse effects range from compromised stability to the growth of hazardous mold and mildew. 

Recognizing the critical nature of this issue, Blue Team is at the forefront water damage restoration. From Category 1 incidents involving clean water sources to Category 2 and 3 scenarios where the water may be contaminated, our experts navigate the intricacies of each situation and restore floors to pristine condition. 

How Can Water Damage Affect Floors? 

Flooring materials in commercial buildings are made of layers that provide stability and support. When water infiltrates these layers, it causes swelling, warping, and chemical reactions that weaken the material’s strength. This process compromises the floor’s ability to bear weight, distribute loads, and maintain stability. 

Moreover, moisture encourages the growth of mold and mildew, speeding up material decay. The compromised structural integrity of water-damaged flooring materials can have serious safety implications for building occupants. When materials lose their ability to support weight effectively, there is an increased risk of collapses or sudden failures. 

Other common effects of water damage on commercial flooring include: 

  • Discoloration and staining: Water carries minerals and contaminants that penetrate the surface of flooring materials. Over time, they cause discoloration and staining, which indicate water has permeated the material and may be causing hidden damage beneath the surface. 
  • Cracking: Water damage infiltrates and weakens the structural integrity of floors, causing cracks to appear. These fractures compromise the stability of the flooring material, potentially leading to a hazardous environment for occupants and necessitating costly repairs. 
  • Decreased Insulation Efficiency: Water seepage undermines the insulating properties of floors, reducing their ability to regulate temperature. This results in increased energy consumption and discomfort for occupants. 
  • Diminished Load-Bearing Capacity: Water damage weakens the structural fibers of flooring materials, diminishing their load-bearing capacity. This issue can lead to floors becoming less stable over time, posing safety risks for occupants and limiting the ability to support heavy equipment or furniture. 

Our Water Damage Restoration Services

At Blue Team, we have developed a four-step water restoration process tailored to property owners across various sectors. Our services include:


Decontamination involves assessing and removing contaminated materials within affected areas. In the context of multifamily facilities, this method is indispensable to preserve the infrastructure and the health of occupants. 

Through meticulous evaluation, our restoration experts identify and examine all contaminated zones, including those hidden from plain sight, such as HVAC systems. This comprehensive approach ensures any potential sources of contamination are addressed, safeguarding the well-being of residents and maintaining the integrity of the facility. 

Upon securing the emergency site and executing the removal of all contaminated materials, restoration professionals also make informed decisions regarding the incorporation of biocides in the cleanup and restoration process. 

Biocides inhibit microbial growth and enhance the disinfection of tainted materials. However, their usage requires careful consideration due to potential side effects such as eye and respiratory irritation.  

Once the decontamination process is complete, we provide our clients with compliance documentation including site and containment entry and exit logs, copies of citations and violations, safety meeting attendance records, and others. 

Mold Remediation

Mold releases enzymes that break down organic substances in materials like wood, drywall, and insulation. This degradation can lead to compromised structural integrity, affect load-bearing capacity and durability. Mold growth also affects indoor air quality and trigger health concerns among occupants. 

Blue Team’s mold remediation experts begin with comprehensive testing and evaluation of the affected area to identify the mold variety and its source.  

For porous surfaces, remediation involves cleaning or removal, while non-porous materials undergo a meticulous cleansing process. Furthermore, professionals undertake thorough sanitization measures to hinder the spread of mold. 

Storm Response

Storm response services are essential for multifamily facility properties that have experienced the consequences of heavy rainfall, hurricanes, or other weather events. Our water extraction experts swiftly remove excess water from affected areas, preventing further damage to structures and belongings. 

In addition, emergency board-up services secure vulnerable entry points such as broken windows and compromised doors. These immediate actions mitigate ongoing destruction and provide a sense of security. 

Other common storm response services include: 

  • Debris removal to prevent localized flooding and facilitate smooth entry and exit for occupants. 
  • Roof damage restoration to safeguard damaged roofs through temporary roofing or emergency tarping and mitigate water infiltration. 
  • Turnkey reconstruction for structures requiring post-emergency refurbishment. 
  • Emergency power and HVAC services to ensure occupant safety and comfort. 

Water Damage

Pipe ruptures, heavy rainfall, faulty roofs, and high winds are some of the culprits behind extensive water damage in multifamily facilities. Whether stemming from natural occurrences like rain or structural issues like plumbing leaks, water’s capacity to infiltrate and wreak havoc highlights the importance of our thorough mitigation measures. 

Once our restoration crews arrive, they prioritize safety by using protective gear to avoid contact with contaminated materials. Precautions are taken to brief occupants about potential risks before they enter the affected area. An assessment of water damage aids in categorizing contamination levels, facilitated by an industrial hygienist who records findings and compiles a report. 

After conducting air and water testing, Blue Team experts develop and implement a comprehensive treatment plan. When dealing with water under risk categories 2 or 3, they address environmental health and safety measures and make decisions regarding the utilization of biocides. They also identify salvageable materials and establish replacements. 

The restoration process involves halting water flow, eliminating excess water and contaminants, and sterilizing porous and contaminated materials. Microbial growth treatments are applied based on industrial hygienist air-testing results. 

Upon achieving pre-loss condition or better, our team seeks client satisfaction and provides completion documentation to relevant parties. Settlements with insurance adjustors are managed on the client’s behalf to finalize the project effectively. 

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Get Quality Multifamily Facility Restoration Services at Blue Team

Invest in professional restoration to protect your multifamily facilities, enhance resident satisfaction, and find success in the commercial property market. Book a quote with Blue Team and experience top-notch restoration, renovation, construction, and roofing services.  

Our clients also get access to the Blue Team App, a powerful tool that offers real-time updates, progress tracking, and document management throughout every restoration project. Contact us today to learn more. 


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