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How To Begin Drying Out Your Building After a Flood

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

air movers and dehumidifiers placed in an office Office drying in Bay Port, MN.

How To Dry Out Your Commercial Building

If your commercial building in Bay Port, MN, experiences a plumbing issue such as a pipe burst or flood, it's important to act quickly to mitigate damage. As you wait for help to arrive, there are a few things you can do to begin the clean-up process, such as beginning to dry out your building. Here are some damage tips for how to best dry out your commercial building and begin the restoration process.

Air Circulation

While you wait for help to arrive, you can begin to dry out your commercial building yourself by beginning to circulate the air and ensuring there is proper circulation in all rooms. Air circulation can be done in many ways. A few ideas are:

  • Opening all doors and windows to let outside air in
  • Using oscillating fans around your building to get air moving
  • Using high-speed air movers

Air circulation can be used to dry out your commercial building. This works by speeding up moisture evaporation, but isn't effective for spot-drying any excessively wet areas. However, air circulation will begin to dry ceilings, walls and furniture.


Another one of the essential damage tips you can use as you wait for a damage restoration company to come is to dehumidify the area. A dehumidifier can be used to reduce humidity and moisture, while will help dry out the area. Dehumidifiers work best for places where you cannot get proper air circulation from outside, such as basements or other enclosed rooms. Be sure to follow all instructions for your dehumidifier, such as shutting all windows and doors and changing the water periodically for dehumidifiers that do not self-drain.

Using a Wet-Dry Vacuum

There are also cleaning tips for spot-drying excessively wet areas. The best way to do this is to use a wet-dry vacuum or shop vac. These work best on small areas such as carpets. You can rent a shop vac from an equipment rental company. If you call in a professional restoration company may bring their own.
You can use these water damage tips to help kickstart the restoration process for your commercial building.

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