All across the country, there are paper mills parked on waterways. After these mills have made giant rolls of paper, they tend to store them in warehouses, far away from water. Unfortunately, that does not always work out. If your warehouse has somehow become very wet, either through a leaky roof or a flood, and your mill's rolls of paper are damaged, you might be wondering what to do next. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started.
Salvage What You Can
It may take at least a week or two, and a couple dozen employees, but you will have to sort out roll after roll of paper to find what you can salvage. With any luck, you can cut the rolls in such a way as to dispose of the damaged product, but keep the product that you can still sell. If the flood waters were lower than two feet in the warehouse, you can salvage anything that is about and above four feet from the ground. (Remember, all paper is absorbent, so it is not just the first two feet on every roll of paper. It is one or two feet more above that.)
Move Usable and Salvaged Product to a Dry Warehouse
The next step is to relocate all undamaged and salvaged product to a dry warehouse. This is necessary because the water damage restoration crew that you hire will need to get into all of the cracks and crannies of the warehouse and dry things out. Nothing can be stored in that warehouse until all traces of mold and mildew have been eliminated. You do not want to store product in there and risk that it will pick up a spore or two during the restoration because then it will rot the good paper through and through.
Hire a Mold Remediation and Restoration Company
A crew from the company you hire will come through, examine where the damage is, and begin work within a few days. Any and all scraps or rolls of paper left behind will have to be destroyed to prevent mold and mildew from spreading during the clean-up phase. Once the owner/contractor of the water damage restoration company has determined that the job is complete, it will look like a new warehouse. The warehouse will need to be aired out for a while before your company can start moving paper rolls back into that warehouse and/or storing fresh rolls of paper there.
To learn more, contact a water damage restoration company like Service Master Restore by Ocampo.