Does Your Business have a Water Damage Prevention Plan?
Carrollton business owners know that water damage incidents ruin products, important devices, and pieces of technology, delay business and wreak havoc on your building’s interior. And though no business owner wants to have to deal with water situations, a surprisingly low number of business owners actually take the proper measures to prevent one.
Most offices have a plan for fires—procedures, planned escape routes and even drills. But your business is statistically more likely to encounter water damage than to experience a fire, so it’s of high import to make sure you know the risks and the measures necessary to protect your building, your assets, and the people who make it all run.
Your Water Damage Prevention Plan
There’s not a hard and fast, one-size-fits-all solution for water damage prevention, so it’s important to take into account the needs of your business, the tendencies of extreme weather in your area and even the time of year, because needs may change during different seasons. But a few basic action points should be part of your overall plan, including:
Utilize insurance inspections and routine examinations, which can identify current water risks and leakage situations and make recommendations about needed changes and routine maintenance programs going forward. Insurance inspectors will know where to look for weaknesses in your plumbing system and other common areas of water emergency.
Create a team of leaders who have been trained for water response, equipped with water intrusion response kits.
Have a thorough knowledge of your water system’s shutoff mechanism, whether it includes a single shut-off or multiple zones. Make sure your teams know who has responsibility and authority to shut off water mains or zones in an emergent situation.
Maintain your contractor contacts for emergencies—aka keep SERVPRO of Carrollton on speed dial.
Consider using modern water-detection technology that can alert you to a possible situation before you would otherwise become aware, especially in areas that don’t always receive attention.
These steps will get you on your way toward minimizing the likelihood of damage from a surprise water situation. And make sure your insurance covers water damage, including floods, just in case your prevention methods can’t overcome a water incursion.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is nearby and trained to take care of water situations quickly. If water damage should become an issue, just call or click, and we’ll be there right away to help.