Commercial Water Damage: What You Need To Know

By David Touchton

One of the most frequent disasters business owners face is water damage. Unfortunately, many of these business owners don’t know how to prevent water damage or effectively deal with the issue if it surfaces on their property. However, obtaining this knowledge is important because it can prevent stress, property loss, and financial challenges. Use the information found in this quick reference guide to ensure that your commercial property is resilient in the face of water damage:

Assess Your Risks
Recognizing and responding to the specific risks on your commercial property is essential to preventing water damage. One thing to note is that business properties are more susceptible to large-scale damages because they are often vacant at night and during the weekend. For example, if employees leave on a Friday evening and a pipe breaks on Saturday morning, the issue will likely go unseen until the staff returns on Monday.

 Make sure that the emergency plan is placed in a marked location and that the entire staff knows where it is.
Make sure that the emergency plan is placed in a marked location and that the entire staff knows where it is.

While every commercial property is different, most of them have water heaters, toilets, and sinks. In some cases, they have specialty equipment or appliances connected to water. Also, note that your physical location could increase your susceptibility to flooding.

Develop a Water Damage Cleanup Plan
In addition to doing an assessment of your water damage risks, make sure that you develop a cleanup plan that outlines what you and the staff will do if disaster strikes. Some of the issues to consider as you devise the plan include:

-Does everyone know where the water shutoff valves are located and how to operate them?
-Who will you call in the face of a water damage emergency?
-If the business owner is absent when the disaster takes place, who is the designated authority in her or his absence?

Make sure that the emergency plan is placed in a marked location and that the entire staff knows where it is.

Mold Concerns
When water damage takes place on your commercial property, it must be addressed and resolved immediately. If it is not, the property could become susceptible to mold damage. Mold intrusions are dangerous for many reasons, including the fact that they can expose you and your employees to several irritating, life-compromising health complications.

Call The Professionals
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David Touchton

Mr. Touchton is the President and owner of ServPro of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands. He has 4 years of experience in the field and holds Water Damage Restoration Certification from IICRC. His office is certified in applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and lead-based paint activities and restoration. His favorite part of the job is helping people who have experienced a stressful event and our ServPro team can make it “Like it never even happened”.