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Protect Your Commercial Building from Water Damage

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

5 Ways to Protect Your Commercial Property from Flood Damage Follow these steps to help safeguard your commercial building.

Follow these steps to help safeguard your commercial building and its tenants from flood and flood-related losses.

  1. Get covered. Typically commercial property insurance does not provide protection against floods and flood damage. As a result, evaluate your commercial building insurance coverage and consider adding flood insurance,

  2. Assess your situation. Commercial buildings in low-lying areas or flood plains may be at higher flood risk than those set high atop a hill. But location aside, all commercial properties possess their own vulnerabilities. Understand and address the risks of your building to shield against floods.

  3. Waterproof. Floodwaters don’t have to reach record numbers to negatively affect your commercial property. Even small amounts of water breaching the interior can lead to damage. Limit the destruction by sealing cracks and weaknesses, and adding a layer of waterproofing material to your commercial structure. 

  4. Make a plan. Flash flooding can happen in, well, a flash. To best protect your commercial property, as well as the tenants and possessions within, be sure to put an emergency action plan into place. Included in such a plan should be:

  5. Always be ready. Minimizing potential water damage to your commercial building may just start with routine maintenance. Ensure that gutters and drains are clean and clear and that sump pumps are in proper working order. Take steps to move valuable business items off floors if under a storm watch or warning. Only attempt this if personal safety isn’t at risk. Also, disconnect electrical, including appliances, computers, and other equipment.

The better prepared your commercial building is for an impending flood, the more control you might have to prevent water damage. But even the best of measures doesn’t always protect you completely. Should water cause disaster to your commercial property, our restoration and remediation specialists are here to help you respond to the aftermath and return your property to preloss conditions.

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