Case Study: Restaurant Property
Location: Nashville, TN
In early May of 2010, the city of Nashville, Tennessee suffered one of the worst flooding events on record. A well known restaurant and brewery, which sits on the bank of the Cumberland River in the historic downtown section of Nashville, was one of the businesses heavily affected by the flooding. Rolyn arrived on the scene as soon as the river receded in order to assess the damage and formulate a comprehensive restoration plan.
Restoration activities began by pumping the contaminated river water out of the basement. This process was done slowly and deliberately to ensure that hydrostatic pressure did not cause the foundation of the historic brick building to collapse. When the bulk of the water was removed, Rolyn worked with the property management company, and representatives of the restaurant, to properly document the damage done to the contents of the basement, as well as the restaurant and other businesses on the upper floors of the building, to ensure a smooth claims process. As this restaurant is also a brewery, it was important to document the condition of the brewing equipment and supplies that were housed in the basement.
Rolyn then installed temporary power throughout the four story structure to power HEPA filtered air scrubbing equipment and LGR dehumidifiers. Since the building sat for several days with 10 feet of water in the basement, moisture worked its way up into the restaurant, as well as the upper floors of the structure. It was important to the building owners and all of the tenants that no further damage occurred as a result of the high moisture content of the structure.
Once the contents of the basement were inventoried and removed, Rolyn performed a thorough cleaning of the basement. Technicians applied an antimicrobial solution to all hard surfaces, and power washed the entire basement several times. Due to the presence of cooking oil in the basement at the time of the flood, there was an oily film left on all of the walls, electrical, plumbing and HVAC components. Rolyn diligently hand wiped all of these surfaces to remove the oil. After extensively cleaning the basement and other structures, Rolyn installed a desiccant dehumidifier in the basement to bring the moisture content of the foundation down to acceptable levels. A thorough final clean was performed in the basement and the structure was turned over to the owner and management company in order to get the mechanical repairs completed so the restaurant could open in a timely manner.
By reacting quickly to the loss, Rolyn was able to contain the flood damage to the basement and mitigate further damage, such as mold growth, to the restaurant and other tenants of the building. The restaurant and brewery was scheduled to re-open less than two weeks after restoration activities began.