Commercial Water Damage Best Practices
Water damage can damage threaten both the safety of the occupants, and the finances of the owners. But that’s not just true of residential homes, but also of commercial buildings. In Alexandria, VA that means plenty of law office buildings, professional buildings, and the like. In times of severe flooding or plumbing failure this damage could even stop your business from daily tasks, which means you are losing money!
Here, we go over some basic preventative and responsive best practices so that your office can avoid being in this situation, or if you do find yourself in this situation, at least you can get your office back to normal quickly.
In an office environment, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of damage due to water leaks. For example, it is beneficial to educate your office managers on water damage preparedness. This means that your managers should know how to turn off the water, electric, and gas supply. If they don’t have access, then they should know who to call in order to have these items completed. It’s also a good idea to have some basic tools in the office in the event of an emergency. Lastly, it’s always good to have a list of emergency contact phone numbers for all employees so that in the worst-case scenario the loved ones of those injured can be notified. Of course you should already have the contact information for your local fire and police numbers, so that anyone who is injured can get medical attention if needed.
Just as with residential structures, rapid response is critical to water damage in an office. The longer you wait before the area is restored the more of a chance you there is that you will have mold, which is another problem altogether.
The best course of action is:
- Call a plumber to fix the source of the loss;
- Call SERVPRO of Alexandria to remediate the damage.
Of course, you can call your insurance first, but remember, we are also experts at the insurance side of damages as well, and can help you get the best coverage, so you may call us to work with your insurance as well.
At SERVPRO of Alexandria we are the leaders of commercial water damage restoration. Contact us today to learn more!