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Can Water Intrusion Have a Long-Term Impact on A Vacation Rental Business?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Evaluates and Determines the Best Water Mitigation Approach in Siesta Key Facilities Affected by Water Spills

As a vacation rental service manager, you are aware of the high expectations people have when they stay at your facility. Keeping them satisfied can be a challenge at times. Water intrusion from burst pipes, faulty fittings, or other sources can cause diverse problems and inconveniences interfering with your operations. SERVPRO can assist you in mitigating the damages caused by water loss incidents at your Siesta Key facility. 

Does water intrusion cause other problems apart from wetting materials?

Although wet surfaces and contents may be the primary concern after an incident, the water mitigation processes in Siesta Key properties must address other issues that might inconvenience guests. For most people staying at a vacation rental, their primary concerns include:

  • Cleanliness in all areas of the property
  • A well-stocked kitchen
  • A smooth and efficient check-in process
  • Comfort factors such as the bed, noise, and temperatures

Excessive moisture in unwanted areas can negatively impact your guests’ confidence of the cleanliness of your property. Wet building materials or contents in any rental property must be addressed as soon as they are discovered to avoid potential health hazards, damage to materials, and loss of revenue due to vacancy. If the moisture is caught early, restoration of such materials is normally not difficult since it generally requires only extraction and drying. However, addressing the issues in a timely manner may be a challenge for the property or facility manager, and could result in the loss of room nights and guest bookings. Our SERVPRO technicians can expedite the drying process by using superior equipment and techniques. 

Removal of condensed liquid through extraction is the fastest way to remove excess moisture from any material. On average, it is 1200 times faster to extract water than to dry it by evaporation. We use powerful, high-vacuum, extraction equipment to remove as much condensed moisture from surfaces as possible before beginning the evaporative drying process. 

How viable is an extraction from porous materials?

Extraction with porous materials such as upholstery and carpet is especially important. Our technicians use specialized equipment to maximize the efficiency of the water extraction process with porous materials, pulling embedded moisture from deep within.  For instance, we use weighted extraction equipment on carpets, and high-vacuum wands when extracting water from upholstery. Completing the drying process faster opens possibilities of convenient service to your clients.

What sort of potential guest discomforts are likely after a water loss incident? 

  • Odors
  • Visible mold 
  • High humidity levels

In the aftermath of a water loss incident in Siesta Key, your vacation rentals may fall short of your guests’ expectations for cleanliness and comfort. As standing water or excessive moisture in wet materials that is hidden in the building begins to evaporate it may be initially detected as high humidity and an odor. The high humidity can reveal itself as condensation on windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces. High humidity might also make the property feel hotter than usual, and unpleasant odors can become more apparent. 

Our SERVPRO technicians take several steps to manage humidity, thus ensuring your vacation rental is comfortable enough for guests. We check the moisture levels in all contents and structural materials to ensure optimal dryness before we stop dehumidification and other drying processes. We use both penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters to take the readings. Traces of moisture can also remain in the air, causing problems later. We use thermos-hygrometers to check both temperature and humidity levels in the air. Our goal is always to return the RH relative humidity to below 60%.

Can visible mold or musty odors turn guests away?

Most people fear mold because it can cause health effects, so any sign of mold can send people away from your facility. The good thing is our mitigation process can help prevent mold from developing. Our SERVPRO technicians combine various strategies to defeat mold, including:

  • Extracting and drying excessive moisture from the property
  • Applying antimicrobial products on cleaned surfaces
  • Applying deodorizing techniques and products where necessary

Products such as Phenolics and Quaternary compounds are great for fighting fungi and bacteria. Our technicians use cleaning products that contain these agents to halt microbial growth in your facility. When a musty odor is present, we perform deodorization using advanced equipment. Fogging, hydroxy generators, ozone, and deodorizing products such as pairing agents help neutralize any unpleasant odors in the property. Our ULV foggers can disperse water-based deodorizing agents all over the property without over-wetting any area. 

SERVPRO of South Sarasota takes water mitigation processes seriously, helping you address any issue that arises, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.

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