Why Preparation Is Key to Minimizing Flood Damage for Nashville Businesses
Preparation Is Important When Minimizing Flood Damage to Your Nashville Commercial Property
Hurricane Matthew was just the latest in a long line of natural disasters to strike the United States. The reality is that some areas of the country, particularly the southeast coast, are more vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes, simply because of the way in which weather systems move across the globe.
This is something that businesses should pay particular attention to, as it can have a significant impact on their future. Flood damage in Nashville businesses does happen, and it can be disastrous if you don’t take the right steps to minimize its effects. At SERVPRO, we don’t just carry out repairs and restore damaged properties. We also try to educate business owners on the most effective prevention techniques.
This guide to safeguarding your business against flood damage will help you keep losses to a minimum if it happens to you.
Store Documents Correctly
If you are located in an at-risk area, it is really important that you don’t store your documents too close to the ground. This means no boxes stacked on the floor. It sounds like such a simple tip, but it can mean the difference between losing everything and just having a damp carpet if minor floods strike. If you have a designated filing room or special area for documents, it should be off the ground floor.
Have an Evacuation Plan
It is unlikely that you wouldn’t have enough warning before a storm to safely evacuate all employees and lock up the building. In the event of a burst pipe or unexpectedly heavy rainwater, however, the situation may be different. Employees should know exactly how and where to exit the building if this happens. Appoint a responsible person who can shut off the power supply if it is deemed necessary.
Keep the Building in Good Shape
The most effective way to protect a business from flood damage is to keep it in great condition. Whether you’re safeguarding against rainwater (maintaining the roof) or preventing internal flooding (inspecting pipes for cracks and faults); good maintenance is essential. The stronger the building, the better it will be able to weather flood intrusion and the quicker SERVPRO will be able to get it back on its feet.
Always Have an Emergency Contact
We recommend keeping our telephone number somewhere safe so that you know exactly who to call if flood damage strikes. Get in touch with SERVPRO before you contact your insurer, because our technicians can have started making repairs by the time you get to sorting out paperwork and allocating funds.
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The great thing about working with SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is that you’re guaranteed a fast response and quick repairs. We are based in your local area, so our technicians will begin preparations for your restoration as soon as they hear from you. Call us 24/7 at (615) 868-5324.