Regardless of where you stand on climate change, it’s hard to ignore the extreme weather that has affected–and for some even devastated–various regions of the United States. Recent rainfall amounts are reaching record numbers for 2018, and the result is widespread flooding to not only homes but also commercial buildings and their businesses.
When flooding occurs, so often the focus is on those residents who are displaced from their homes and the damage done to the properties–and rightfully so. But many commercial buildings-based businesses suffer just as much, even if their hardships don’t make headlines. In addition to property damage and the possibility of displaced employees, businesses undergo loss of profits and revenue, inventory damage, decrease in production, and the list goes on. Even if the flooding doesn’t affect a commercial property directly, indirectly the rising waters can negatively affect its business’ supply chain, distribution, and utility availability. One flood runs the risk of shutting down a business for good.
Protect Your Commercial Building from Floods
Rain will fall as it will, which means there’s little you can do to keep your commercial building and the business within high and dry. Still that doesn’t mean you need to leave fate in the hands of Mother Nature. Follow these steps to help safeguard your commercial building and its tenants from flood and flood-related losses.
Get covered. Typically commercial property insurance does not provide protection against floods and flood damage. Evaluate your commercial building insurance coverage and consider adding flood insurance. This is available through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program.
Assess your situation. Commercial building in low-lying areas or flood plains may be at higher flood risk than those set high atop a hill. But location aside, all commercial properties possess their own vulnerabilities. Understand and address the risks of your building to shield against floods.
Waterproof. Flood waters don’t have to reach record numbers to negatively affect your commercial property. Even small amounts of water breaching the interior can lead to damage. Limit the destruction by sealing cracks and weaknesses, and adding a layer of waterproofing material to your commercial structure.
Make a plan. Flash flooding can happen in, well, a flash. Establish an emergency action plan to best protect commercial property, tenants, and possessions. Included in such a plan should be:
Emergency kit with instructions
Offsite backup plan for critical documents, data, and contact information
Always be ready. Minimizing potential water damage to your commercial building may just start with routine maintenance. Ensure that gutters and drains are clean and clear, and that sump pumps are in proper working order. Take steps to move valuable business items off floors if personal safety isn’t at risk. Also, disconnect electricals, including appliances, computers, and other equipment.
Water Damage Restoration Service
The better prepared your commercial building is for an impending flood, the more control you might have to prevent water damage. However, even the best of measures doesn’t always protect you completely. If water caused disaster at your commercial property, our restoration and remediation specialists are here to help you. Our teams are available 24/7 to provide water and sewage damage cleanup and restoration services to get your property and business up and running quickly.
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