Flooding can be a rare occurrence but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be prepared for it. If you own a business or a commercial property then it is doubly important for you to know what to do in case of a flood to minimize water damage. Still, many business owners are at a loss when it comes to what to do when a flood affects their business.
In today’s post, Special Touch Restoration shares the steps you should take before, during and after a flood.
Before the Flood
Even if your business does not operate in a flood risk area, there is no telling when a catastrophic hurricane can bring excessive rainfall and flood even in a relatively flood-free area. For this reason, it is always best to err on the side of caution. Speak to a trusted contractor about flood-proofing your property and check to see if your insurance provider covers restoration costs after a flood
During the Flood
During a flood, the first thing you should do is turn off all utilities to eliminate any risk of electrocution. If you are able, try to salvage important documents which you deem irreplaceable. Also, try to move large, heavy objects which can cause damage to the rest of your property in case they are carried away by floodwaters.
After the Flood
Immediately after a flood, you may be tempted to check out the damage it has caused to your property and maybe do an initial cleaning. Don’t. Instead, call in the professionals and have them inspect your property to make sure it is safe to re-enter. Your next call should be to your insurance company so they can send an adjuster to assess the damage and begin the claims process.
From water and fire damage to biohazard cleanup, when it comes to restoration and emergency services, Special Touch Restoration has the expertise and experience to get the job done right. If your home or business has suffered from recent flooding, give us a call immediately at (256) 330-4822 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with one of our experts.