One out of four businesses that shuts down due to a natural disaster never reopens; and 90 percent of all natural disasters involve flooding. Floods generally strike without warning; often destroying buildings, equipment, and inventory. Perhaps you have heard these facts all before, but you never had to face it – until now. Your business is flooded thanks to burst pipes; and you don’t have a business continuity plan in place for times like these. What do you do? Well the good news is that PowerHousePlumbers.com recently published some great tips on preventing cold weather disasters, and we also spoke with the restoration experts from FireFloodPros to get some additional suggestions.
Your best bet is to call a company which specializes in water damage and flood restoration service immediately. Waiting to begin using a flood restoration service can cause floor delaminating, hazardous mold contamination, additional damage to furnishings, and odor issues. Quick mitigation, on the other hand, prevents the water damage from spreading, which in turn lowers repair costs. Not only will your quick action save you additional expenses, but it will shorten your business downtime costs too. Time is money; and the less time your business is closed for restoration work, the better it is for your company’s bottom line.
Professional water damage and flood restoration services use industrial-grade equipment and supplies to remove standing water, dehumidify the building, and inhibit mold growth and odors issues quickly and efficiently. If you think about it, the damage caused by water can be extensive:
· Interior paint
· Office equipment
· Business documents
· Mold hazard
And the list goes on. Depending on the extent of the water damage, you will find that some flood restoration companies even offer services such as complete building contents cleanup and document recovery.
So how do you select the right service?
There are several things you should keep in mind when selecting a water damage and flood restoration service. First, the company must be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After all, leaks don’t happen between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday only. Second, it is important for the company and its technicians to be licensed and bonded. Second, the technicians should be IIRC certified in flood and water damage mitigation. From weakened support structures to toxic mold, there are too many critical issues which can arise following a flood to put your company’s assets in untrained and uncertified hands. In fact, it is best to go beyond certification and search for a company with significant and reputable industry experience. Finally, find a water damage and flood restoration service that uses industry-approved equipment; for what they use can affect how quickly your business is back up and running again. Make sure the company uses industrial-grade dehumidifiers and state-of-the-art drying equipment like TES, Thermal Energy Systems drying systems which can speed up drying time by one-third to as much as one-half when compared with conventional drying methods. If you have flood insurance for your business, you may want to find a company that has years of service working with insurance claims, to better facilitate the process.
Like they say in business, time is of the essence. Time is the difference between more or less damage. Time is money. Don’t spend more than your company needs to when disaster strikes. So, most importantly, take the time now to select and establish a relationship with a professional water damage and flood restoration service. Setting up a continuity plan is vital to the survival of virtually any company, and flood damage is one contingency plan that should be in place – before a flood strikes.