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Get Your Business Springtime Ready!
Spring is fast approaching. The season brings challenges, including flooding from either snowmelt and heavy rains. The following are four steps you can take to prepare your commercial building for spring.
Clean the Gutters
The gutters on your building are responsible for diverting water away from the structure. Make sure they are clear of any debris so that they function their best.
Check the Sump Pump
If your business experiences flooding, whether it be from heavy rains or a frozen pipe burst, a sump pump can help. If the building has a sump pump, it will be located in either the basement or the crawl space. To test it, simply pour in enough water to activate the pump. After you test it, clean out any debris that might be built up.
Protect Important Documents/Items
No one expects their company property to have a water damage. Anticipating these disasters can help you avoid future stress and headache if you do your best to protect your building’s contents before it happens. Although an experienced restoration company can usually help you get your business back to preloss condition, it is generally easier to prevent damage in the first place. Make sure there are electronic copies of all critical documents. Move important equipment to higher ground. Put smaller items in waterproof storage bags.
In many cases, flooding happens without much warning. Spring floods, can sometimes be predictable. This gives you the opportunity to be proactive in protecting your business.
Help in Your Hand
Your business needs to be able to serve your clients and customers. Its why you went into business and why you do what you do. So if your property suffers from property damage from a fire suppression system break or pipe rupture. Or even a fire in the building your business comes to a standstill and a complete stop.
SERVPRO offers a FREE Emergency Ready Profile App to help you and your team prepare for a property disaster. When setting up the app and your profile for your building or buildings, it walks you through documenting important information like where the water shut off is, where the gas shutoff is if there is gas in the building. If a disaster occurs its important that everyone on your team knows what to do and who to call when disaster strikes.
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Business Insurance Can Help!
Commercial property owners want to cut costs and improve profits. However, when it comes to insurance, you should rethink that stance. We at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette have found that water damage is among the most common issues businesses face, and without appropriate insurance coverage, the restoration expense is coming out of the owner’s pocket or the profits of the company. While it is true that business insurance does not cover every type of water issue, it does include many.
When you have old pipes, it is possible to end up with several leaks. Unfortunately, because of the nature of plumbing, these leaks may go undetected for weeks or even months, leading to water stained ceilings, crumbling drywall and even structural damage. Most insurance policies will cover leaky pipes, especially if you have your building regularly inspected.
Similar to leaks, cracks can cause the same types of water damage, but it may be on a grander scale. Cracks, or splits, in the pipe usually create more damage because the openings in the pipes are larger. As with leaks, if you can prove that you did not know about the damage early on, then your insurer should be willing to cover the cost.
Colder months can wreak havoc on a business, especially those operating out of warehouse facilities and garages. The reason for the issue is that warehouses and garages have pipes that are exposed to severe temperature fluctuations. If pipes freeze, then the excess pressure can lead to broken pipes. Thankfully, this too is covered by a typical business policy. However, you must prove that you try to maintain a steady temperature at your property throughout the year.
Sudden breaks should also be covered. In addition to the pipe repair, the water cleanup will likely be included as well. Your insurer may require estimates from several emergency remediation specialists in the Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette area before funding the project.
While it is understandable that business owners want to cut costs, insurance is likely not the area to save money. Water damage can account for thousands in restoration costs alone, which is why business insurance is so necessary.
The Sun Can Damage Your Roof
As the summer sun’s intense rays beat down upon you, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is the damage that the sun is inflicting upon your business’ roof. The sun’s rays can lead to serious damage over time if you do not monitor the condition of your roof regularly. Understanding which types of damage to look for can help you to avoid serious deterioration of your business’ roof before it is too late to repair.
First, it is important to understand what causes roof damage during the summer. Summer days feature an increased number of hours with sunlight compared to other seasons, which prolong the exposure of roofs to the sun’s harmful rays. This exposure can deplete the oil out of the wood from which the roof is made. Another cause is a phenomenon known as thermal shock. Since temperatures are high throughout the day and cool off at night, the rapid change in temperature causes the materials of the roof to expand and contract. The materials weaken under these conditions, resulting in a damaged roof over time.
There are three types of damage that you should watch for when looking at your business’ roof for heat damage. The first of which being decay. Deformed, rotting, or broken shingles are common signs of decay. However, decay is most common for older roofs, so if your roof is relatively new, it should not be a concern. The second is warping of the roof’s materials, such as bent or curled shingles. While this damage is not immediately dangerous to your business, it will increase in severity after time. The third and final type of damage to look for is cracked shingles. When shingles curl, tension builds, which can cause shingles to crack. This type of damage requires immediate repair by an expert in order to best protect your business’ roof from sun exposure-related destruction.
Do You Know What to Do?
Do you know what the process looks like to get your business back to normal after a water loss?
Although it is not something most people ever think about, a water damage can happen, and it can cause a great deal of damage if not treated properly. If you find standing water in your building, you will need to take immediate action to lessen the amount of damage to your property. As a business owner, you may want to hire a professional remediation company to clean up the mess. Here are several things that must happen to get your business back to normal.
1. Stop the Flow of Water: The most important thing you can do to minimize the damage to your building is to stop the flow of water. You can do this by shutting off the main water valve.
2. Extract the Water: Now that you have stopped the water flow, you can see how much water there is left to clean up. If it is only a little, you may be able to use a towel or mop to clean up the moisture. However, if it is more than a little, you may need to hire a professional remediation company to extract the water using specialized equipment.
3. Determine the Extent: Water damage water can easily get between cracks and into porous surfaces. This can lead to problems in drywall, subfloors, and other materials. A moisture meter can be used to identify water inside these areas.
4. Remove Unsalvageable Items: There may be some objects that have sustained enough water damage that they will need to be replaced. These items can be identified and removed before the drying process begins.
5. Dry the Area: It is important to dry out the area as quickly as possible so that mold does not have a chance to grow. Professional drying equipment can be used to speed up the drying process.
If something like this ever does happen and you do need professional help, don't wait to give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
What to do After a Pipe Burts
A pipe bursting can happen at the blink of an eye. Be advised that bursting pipes can cause extensive water damage, which is why it’s important to call a restoration company as soon as possible.
- Stop the Water
Turn off the water immediately. After you shut off the main water supply, you need to drain the pipes. To do this, turn on the cold water on every faucet on your property and flush every toilet at least once. Then turn off the hot water heater and run the hot water on every faucet. Taking these crucial steps ensures the leak will stop. But you’re not done yet.
- Reduce and Fix the Damage
At this point, it’s best to reach out to the professionals so they can fix the broken pipe. However, you might be able to locate the broken pipe yourself. Don’t walk in water as this brings the risk of getting electrocuted. It’s recommended that you turn off the electrical power no matter if the water is one foot or only one inch high. Unplug appliances and turn off the furnace. If it is safe, you can move valuable items, electronics and fabrics to higher ground.
- Call a Cleanup Company
Opening the windows and running fans run won’t prevent mold growth from bursting pipes. No matter how extensive you think the damage is, contact a water restoration company as there might be damage you are not able to spot. Mold and mildew begins to grow only 24 to 48 hours after such an event.
When your plumbing breaks, there’s little time to spare. Take these three steps immediately to reduce the water damage in Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette due to bursting pipes.
Choose the Best!
When choosing a water damage restoration company after a flood or heavy storm is a critical decision you will have to make when the time comes. It is important to make sure that you ask good questions and select a qualified company to help you in your time of need.
Make sure that the company has a solid background in the industry and the right equipment to get the job done correctly. Don’t be afraid to check references and reviews online to make sure that they are the right company to assist you. On any job, you want to make sure they are documenting before, during and after the loss. This can be in the form of photos, notes, and videos.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette at anytime. We have the experience and team available to help you 24/7, 365 days a year.