Water damage in your home is bad, but water damage to a business can be even worse. When businesses experience flooding, they often need to close their doors and cease their operations to mitigate the damages. For some businesses, this can be enough to ensure that they never open their doors again.
You shouldn’t just react to flooding and water damage; you need to take proactive steps to prevent it. Here are some tips.
1. Install Water Sensors Throughout the Property
Water sensors are designed to go off just like fire detectors. If they experience water, then they will sound an alarm. Like fire detectors, the water sensors need to be properly positioned. They shouldn't be directly on the ground but instead just a little above the ground, and a professional should position them in high-risk areas, such as the lowest point of a room that has a lot of plumbing in it.
You can integrate your water sensors into your company's alarm system, so you can get alerts for all of your potential alarms (security, carbon monoxide, and water sensors) from a consolidated location.
2. Keep Inventory and Electronics off the Ground
You should keep your inventory and electronics at least one inch above the ground. In smaller rooms or rooms that are lower (such as basements), you may want to increase this amount. For the most part, most floods are not going to rise more than an inch or two, but they can.
Not only should electronics be off the ground but also any cords or anything leading to the electronic devices. Many businesses rely on their electronics to operate; and if you can save the electronics, then you may be able to recover from a flood quickly.
3. Have Your Plumbing Systems Regularly Inspected
Internal flooding is just as dangerous as external flooding. Sometimes it's even more dangerous as it can contain hazardous materials. Have your company's plumbing inspected annually for any potential leaks or issues. Update your plumbing system to reduce the chances of an unexpected failure. Know where your water shut off valves are, just in case a plumbing issue does occur.
4. Seal Door and Window Frames Periodically
Sealants can degrade over time. Take the time to seal the area around your window frames and doors periodically, checking for any cracks or holes. When it does rain, inspect your property for any leaks or areas where wind and water is getting through. These areas should be caulked to prevent harsh weather situations from getting inside.
5. Make Sure You Have the Right Insurance
Flooding damage is not covered by all insurance packages. Often, flooding is an additional coverage that you need to add on to your policy. Earthquake coverage can be similar. Make sure to check with your business insurance specialist, especially if you're in a high-risk area.
6. Have Emergency Contacts Available
Finally, if a flood does occur, you need to know who to call. Having an emergency contact for flooding and water damage is incredibly important, as these professionals will be able to react swiftly to reduce the amount of damage you experience. The faster you're able to drain the water and begin treating your business, the more likely you are to be able to save things such as carpeting, upholstery, and furniture.
When the worst happens, you need to be able to react quickly. If you're currently experiencing water damage or you think that water damage may be imminent, it's time to call in the professionals. Give us a call or email our team Appalachian Restoration & Cleaning today for a consultation.