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How To Respond When Floods Hit Your Business

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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How To Respond When Floods Hit Your Business

Any do-it-yourself efforts at cleaning up water damage could come with health risks, the potential for injury, and the likelihood of causing even more damage. When your business has been affected by flooding, even by clean water, it's best to hire professionals to complete the necessary cleanup and repairs. What can remediation technicians offer that your own employees can't?

  • Certification from the Institute of Inspection
  • Cleaning and Restoration Certification
  • Training from an IICRC-accredited school or instructor
  • Knowledge of the risks associated with
  • Categories 1, 2, and 3 water
  • Equipment to quickly put a stop to flooding and complete necessary restoration
  • Personal protective gear for situations that require it

Every flooding situation is different; it may have originated from a broken pipe, heavy rain, or overflowing gutters. However, there are almost always risks associated with unwanted water in your business place.

Steps To Take When the Building Floods

When you do notice pools of water or a broken supply line, there are some steps you should take to keep your employees and customers safe.

  1. Evacuate the building. A wet floor and electrical outlets pose a risk of electrocution, even if the moisture comes from a clean water source. If the water is contaminated, however, coming into contact with it could lead to illnesses. Finally, a lot of water could hide potential dangers, causing employees to trip or injure their legs while passing through.
  2. Take the emergency kit and address any injuries sustained during the flood.
  3. Make sure that employees and customers have all safely evacuated.
  4. Contact appropriate emergency personnel.
    Call your insurance agent and a water damage repair and recovery professional.
  5. Stay out of the building until authorities have given you permission to return.

Don't try to clean up the effects of the flood on your own. There are too many risks to yourself and the property; it's best to turn this task over to professionals.

Are You Prepared?

Hopefully, you'll never have to worry about a flood on your Glendale, AZ, commercial property, clean water or otherwise. However, it's best to have an emergency plan and kit in place. If you haven't made these plans, move this task to the top of your to-do list.

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