There are plenty of things that can cause flooding in a commercial property. Extreme weather, broken pipes, sewage backups, and even equipment malfunctions can lead to an inundation of water. Fixing this damage as soon as possible is essential for getting a business running again at full capacity. Flooding not only causes damage to the property, it can hurt business for weeks or even months. Repairing the damage can take some time and requires professional help. Here are three things to consider when it comes to commercial flood damage.
Flood Insurance Is Available
Flood damage can be very expensive to repair. Without flood insurance, these costs can be devastating to a business. The first step for business owners is check their current commercial property insurance in order to see what is covered. Chances are, most flood damage is not covered at all. Commercial flood insurance can be obtained through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Up to $500,000 in insurance coverage can be purchased for a commercial building and up to $500,000 for it's contents. Any commercial property that's in a flood zone or in an area prone to flooding should have coverage for flooding.
Quick Water Removal Is Key
As soon as the flooding has come to an end, getting the remaining water removed from the building quickly is essential. The longer the water is allowed to sit, the more damage there will be. Standing water is also a major health concern since dangerous mold can begin to grow. Professional help will be needed in order to move water out quickly. The professionals have the vacuums, pumps, dehumidifiers, heaters, and other equipment needed to take care of large amounts of water. The faster the drying process, the faster the restoration process can get underway.
Restoring the commercial property after flood damage will differ greatly depending on the size of the property, it's contents, and the amount of flooding that occurred. The contents as well as the areas that were inundated will need to be cleaned and sanitized in order to prevent mold growth and unpleasant odors. It may also be necessary to replaced damaged parts of the building. Baseboards, drywall, and other components will likely need to be taken out and replaced. The cost of restoration will vary also depending on the type of water that flooded the property. Flood damage from a clean water source, such as tap water, is easier and less expensive to repair than flood damage from a water source contaminated with chemical or biological agents.
Flooding is something that can have a major impact on a business. When it comes to commercial flood damage, it's important to have sufficient flood insurance. Whenever flooding occurs, getting the water out quickly is key to a successful repair. Also the amount of restoration required will differ depending on the size of the property, it's contents, and the type of water that caused the flood. Contact a restoration contractor, like Apex Contracting And Restoration Inc, for more help.