As a business owner or manager, your list of responsibilities is unending. While your aim is always on the bottom line, you can’t take your eye off of safely. You have managed the risks of COVID, protect against cyber attacks, and even schedule fire drills. By also taking measures to prevent water damage, you can lessen or eliminate business interruptions (and costly repairs ) in the future.
Since water damage can come from a variety of sources. Create a corporate culture of caring for the facility:
Small leaks add up to big losses. To prevent existing water damage from getting worse, have outside professionals inspect your property at least once a year. They will use specialized equipment like spot sensors.
And expect the unexpected. Regardless of whether your business is located in a flood-prone area, make sure you have an efficient flood warning system in place. Flooding can result from other causes, including plumbing failures, overflowing rivers, and melting snow. Create a monitoring system with sensors to alert the maintenance staff (including humidity monitoring sensors.) Consider tying it to your security system for additional layers of protection.
Manage your risks– insurance is not a place to skimp. Have an accurate assessment of your property and ensure that the insurance coverage is high enough to cover lost productivity in case of water damage.
Another unpredictable risk comes from natural flooding and hurricanes, which is seldom included in property insurance policies. Check out the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at floodsmart.gov to learn more about an additional policy specifically for flooding.
Water damage and mold go hand in hand. One of the most common effects of water damage in commercial buildings is mold and mildew build-up. It only takes 24-48 hours of exposure to water damage before these dangerous microorganisms start growing.
Mold can affect the building materials, your inventory, raw materials and most important– indoor air quality for your employees and customers. Be proactive about mold after water damage. In Charlotte, Restoration 1 is a full service water restoration and mold removal service.
Water damage services can be expensive. You’ll need additional labor directed at the problem while you supplement with your existing staff. If your facility is large enough, you can buy water damage restoration equipment like air movers, commercial dehumidifiers, air scrubbers and more. You’ll need to run the numbers for your situation.
Contact Restoration 1 to create an individualised plan that takes advantage of your existing equipment and staff. However, move quickly and get a professional on property to inspect it. Iif the water damage is caused by structural issues like the ones discussed above, you have no choice but to hire professionals to have those problems repaired.
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