What Types of Damages Can Affect Commercial Properties ?
Owning a Commercial Property or Business requires planning for unexpected emergencies, so the business will not lose clients or business revenue while undergoing cleaning, restoration, or rebuilding. While you may not be able to predict the future, a business must be prepared to assess and address any unforeseen damages or emergencies that can occur unexpectedly, as quickly as possible.
What types of damages can a Commercial Property sustain? Here are a few examples:
- Water Damage – can be caused by burst pipes, floods, roof leaks, etc. This can result in contaminated water damaging surfaces in the business as well as furniture, drapes, carpeting, etc. Water damage can also result in mold growth.
- Storm and Wind Damage – can be caused by strong winds and heavy rains, which we have experienced in Florida due to hurricanes. Heavy thunderstorms with lightning and strong winds can remove roof tiles and shingles, and even break windows if the strong winds are hurling projectiles through the air.
- Fire Damage – can originate from a cigarette that isn’t properly put out, a gas stove, faulty wiring, or lightning. Fire can cause severe destruction to commercial property and must be immediately addressed, so the business can keep operating and sustain as little revenue loss as possible. Damaged, soot-covered debris must be removed and the smell of smoke damage that can permeate everything has to be eradicated.
How can a Commercial Property Owner be prepared for emergencies such as the ones listed above?
First, the business owner should establish a response plan that every employee is aware of for safety reasons. Exit doors and muster locations should be established. Businesses should perform practice drills to ensure everyone is aware of their responsibility if a severe storm, fire, wind and/or water event threatens immediate harm to the business property. Most importantly, make sure the employees and customers are safe. Before any unforeseen emergency can occur, make sure the commercial property has the proper commercial insurance coverage to protect the company and cover all liabilities. Again, this must be done before an emergency situation has occurred.
Along with the proper insurance, having the contact information of a reliable commercial restoration company readily available is crucial. Because emergencies occur at any time of the day, even on weekends and holidays, make sure your restoration company is a 24/7, 365 days a year service provider. Whether the damage is due to water, wind, or fire, the sooner you call your commercial restoration service provider, the sooner the damages can be assessed, and the cleaning and restoration can begin.
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