17 Feb How to Prepare Your Business for Flash Floods
Water damage can quickly cause severe damage to any establishment – and fast. It can all happen so suddenly and, depending on the cause; there may not be a whole lot that you could have done to stop it.
Flash floods are one of the leading causes of mass water damage in homes and businesses. While flash floods can cause tremendous damage, there is some good news – there are things that you can do to prepare!
We can’t always accurately predict the weather, but we can take the necessary precautions to ensure that little to no damage is caused in a worst-case scenario.
The best way to protect your business is to be prepared, so read on to learn about the steps you can take to protect your establishment in the case of a flash flood.
Make a Plan
To be completely prepared for any type of natural-disaster situation, your preparation should begin well before there is even an imminent threat.
The best thing you can do to protect your business in this situation is to plan well ahead of any potential crisis so that if something goes wrong, you aren’t struggling and acting carelessly.
It takes very little time to create a disaster plan, and it can mean the difference of your building surviving a flood or not.
When making a plan, you should include all of your employees and personnel. That everyone is up to date and aware of what needs to happen in case of an emergency. This plan should include instructions for all roles and be rehearsed regularly to ensure that all parts of it are running smoothly.
This way, if you are faced with a real-life emergency, there will be no panic, and everyone knows exactly what they need to do and where they need to be.
Secure the Building
If there is an imminent threat of a flood of any type, you should be sure to secure the building in every way you can. This means taking a good look at all exterior and interior areas and prepping them if there was to be water exposure. This step should take up a significant portion of your plan that was mentioned in the previous section.
You should begin by looking at the outside of the building and patching up any areas that may allow water inside. Doors and windows are the most common areas that you should focus on, but there may also be other cracks or weak spots in the foundation that need some extra care.
By blocking off these areas, you are already taking a huge step toward protecting what is inside the building.
Next, you should focus your attention on everything that you keep inside your business. Paperwork, electronics, and anything else that may be vital to keeping your business afloat should be high on your priority list! Relocate what you can and move everything else into water-safe tubs or above ground-level if the water manages its way in.
Once the building is as secure as it can be, you can make other preparations to know what to expect post-flood.
Contact Your Insurance Provider
If you have time beforehand, you should reach out to your insurance provider to understand how they deal with flash floods and where you may stand after the disaster has occurred.
You may also find yourself in the position of having to contact them after the incident. In this case, they will often walk you through your next steps and will do what they can to minimize the financial impact based on what damage has occurred.
Even with a solid plan in place, water damage is tough to avoid altogether. It is very likely that your building is going to sustain some damage, and it is in your hands to get in contact with your insurance provider and a restoration service quickly.
Call in a Professional Restoration Service
Water damage is very serious and can wreak absolute havoc on a building. Flash floods are especially dangerous as they lead to standing water and, if left untreated, can cause irreversible destruction to the foundation of any establishment.
After the flood, you need to call in a professional restoration service. These experts are highly trained in the arena of water damage and will work quickly to treat the impacted area.
Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew and will cause many problems down the road if it is not cleaned correctly, so we cannot stress just how important it is that you leave this job to the pros.
Restoration services can be out very quickly to inspect the extent of the damage and give you a timeline as to when you will safely return to the building.
Call us Today!
Flash floods and all types of water damage, for that matter, can quickly ruin a business. If your business has recently been impacted by water damage, call us at All Dry USA now.
Our experts are specifically trained to handle these disasters and understand that you are eager to get back to work. We take pride in our services and would be happy to help restore your business today!
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