Flood Damage to Your Business?
Flood damage in your business is something that no business or property owner ever wants to experience, however sometimes nature gets in the way and it’s out of your control. If you do experience flood damage on your property, here are a few things that you should keep in mind.
First you should understand that flood water is considered category 3 or “black water.” This means that the water is highly contaminated and can potentially cause serious harm. You should never attempt to clean up flood water without the proper protective equipment.
Second, when your property floods you should first be sure to turn off the electricity and/or gas to the property until you can be sure that they are not affected. Never attempt to enter an area affected by flood waters without first checking to make sure that the electricity is off. Not only is it a huge safety hazard, but electrical equipment that is affected by water can short out and cause fires.
Another thing to consider is the amount of time the water has been sitting. Water damage happens very quickly and the structure to your property can start to be affected in only a few days. As the water sits, it starts to degrade the property’s building materials and if left untreated for too long it can make the building unsafe to be inside of.
Finally, you should always let a professional company handle flood water cleanup. It can be tempting to try and clean up the damage yourself but without the proper knowledge and equipment it is possible to miss areas of hidden moisture which can then lead to secondary damages such as mold.
SERVPRO of Richmond and SERVPRO of Henrico is equipped to handle flood damages of any size. Our disaster recovery team is made of elite technicians that have been trained to deal with large losses requiring extra expertise and knowledge. Whether your property is a hotel, warehouse, factory, or hospital our team can help make your flood damage “Like it never even happened."