Commercial Water Damage

When you have a commercial building that has water damage or mold damage, time is of the essence. Being a property manager dealing with a disaster, you have to not only consider the best steps to clean up and repair the structure but also the health and safety of the occupants.

Trust First Response to properly manage your commercial restoration project.

For national and state work, health and safety (WHS) legislation require commercial property owners and managers to take all reasonable steps to ensure their buildings are safe for tenants, the public, customers, and contractors.

First Response is an IICRC certified firm with certified technicians on staff to properly handle any commercial facility.


If This Was Your Building, Who Would You Trust?
Trust First Response!

First Response of Columbia SC
Based on 8 reviews
Wes Shull
Wes Shull
01:17 29 Jul 19
Jason Snyder is awesome. I can’t say enough about him. He always goes out of his way for his customers to make sure jobs are performed awesome and in a timely manner. This company is high recommended!!!
Wes Shull
Wes Shull
01:17 29 Jul 19
Jason Snyder is awesome. I can’t say enough about him. He always goes out of his way for his customers to make sure jobs are performed awesome and in a timely manner. This company is high recommended!!!
Ryan Lucas
Ryan Lucas
22:02 13 Jun 17
First class service! My only regret was not calling them 4 or 5 hours earlier. Brian, Chris, and team were quick to assess the situation and work with me on a custom remediation plan. They explained everything, including pros and cons of the various options, clearly and completely. I hope I never need this type of service again. But, if I do, I know who to call.
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kids toys
15:01 21 Feb 17
Great service, after math recovery was great.
Stephen Shales
Stephen Shales
16:14 17 Aug 15
I have not had to used their services but I have met their staff and feel very confident they would do what they say they will do.
Amanda Duke
Amanda Duke
21:08 20 Nov 12
First Response did a superior job of remediating water damage to my home. They were the second company that I called but the only one that I will call in the future. They take their jobs seriously and completely understand the meaning and value of delivering outstanding service. Not only did they correct the problems created by the first remediation company, but they went above and beyond to ensure that their work was done properly and expertly. Robert and Josh and the entire team earn my highest recommendations for service and expertise.
Christina Myers
Christina Myers
19:53 31 Oct 12
May 31, 2012 my husband and I were notified that we were being forced to move out of our home, at no fault of our own. Needless to say, this news caused a lot of stress for us! My employer, Robert Pulliam - President of First Response, understood the emotions I was going through and offered the company's services to assist in the process of moving. He also allowed me the time off needed to prepare for the move. My husband and I worked diligently over the next month to have everything packed up and ready to be moved out. On the afternoon of June 29th, Robert and a couple of our co-workers came to our home and moved everything out. It was such a tremendous blessing to have the extra man-power!! First Response has extraordinary leadership and support staff, and I am certainly proud to be part of such an amazing group of people!

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Understanding Water Damage

Water damage in commercial buildings is much different to manage and restore than residential properties. First of all, you have to consider all the occupants in a commercial building. Is there a health issue that you have to factor in when restoring a commercial building? Also, when working with commercial clients, the restoration professional needs to understand speed and downtime. The longer businesses stay closed due to water damage the greater of chance that business never reopens its doors.

All commercial businesses should focus on the speed of recovery and the health of the occupants of the building.

Commercial Restoration Services

  • 24/7 Emergency Response
  • Large Scale Drying
  • Commercial Drying Equipment
  • Professional Appearance
  • Experience w/ Tenants in Buildings
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Removal
  • Air Quality Containment
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Coalition of Disaster Responders

The Coalition of Disaster Responders is a group of the best disaster restoration companies. This group of restoration companies has been vetted for the capability of handling large-scale property losses & recovery efforts after major natural disaster events.

First Response is one of the small group of restoration companies selected to be part of the CDR. We adhere to adhere to the standards put in place by the CDR regarding response times, capabilities, mitigation strategies, recovery processes, process validation, project controls, safety, pricing, and HR.

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Commercial Clients


Commercial Markets We Serve

  • Restuarants
  • Office Buildings
  • Hospitality
  • Government Buildings
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Industrial & Manufacturing
  • Churches
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Restaurant fire and water damage are more common than any restauranteur would like. Ovens, stoves, dishwashing machines, and sinks all offer potential for disaster. When accidents happen, we are here to help. Our restoration and cleaning experts can get your kitchen and front of the house looking as good as new in no time.

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Office Buildings

Offices see regular traffic and can be hotspots for food and drink stains. Regular cleaning can freshen up your workplace, making it cleaner, nicer to work in, and ultimately saving you money. We are also ready to help with office restoration needs after fires, floods, or plumbing breaks.


The hospitality industry has unique challenges in restoration and cleaning. Hotels and motels barely close, which means you need fast-moving, professional services to keep your property clean. Our restoration and cleaning experts are ready to get your hospitality property visitor-ready in record time.

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Government Buildings

Government buildings are busy places and are essential to the productivity of entire cities, states, and countries. Our cleaning services offer some minimally-intrusive options, allowing the business of governing to go on as usual. When restoration is needed, we take care in handling sensitive materials and working in a timely, considerate manner.


Whether it is a massive restoration during the summer months, emergency mold mitigation, or water damage restoration after a plumbing break, educational facilities need the job done quickly and correctly. Our team works fast so your students and teachers can focus on learning, not leaky pipes and discolored ceilings.

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Healthcare facilities pose many challenges. There are a number of dangerous elements such as used syringes and biological contaminants like blood. These challenges don’t even account for the sensitive patient records that can be damaged by water or fire. Safety and confidentiality are our two highest priorities, making our experts the first ones to call when disaster strikes.


Time is money. Every second your store is closed for restoration after water damage you aren’t making sales. We understand speed is just as much of a priority as quality for retail business restoration services. Our commercial restoration and cleaning team can get you up and running as fast as possible so you can get customers back in the door.

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Industrial & Manufacturing

Industrial accidents like chemical spills, fires, water damage, and structural damage shut down the production lines. Industrial restoration requires cleaning expensive machinery and warehouses. First Response should be the first number on your list to restore your business and get you back on track to meet production deadlines.


Fire and flood damage to a sacred institution doesn’t just have a monetary price: it takes an emotional toll on the entire congregation. Priceless artwork and artifacts are the last things you want to see damaged by soot or water. The First Response contents restoration team has experience working with delicate objects. While disasters can be heartbreaking, we can help you recover what matters most.

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