What to do Next
Water damage can have a significant impact on your business. It can destroy your inventory, delay transactions, or worse yet, impact the health of your employees by breeding mold or bacteria.
Water damage can happen for a variety of reasons at a facility — leaky pipes, severe weather, or human error such as not properly closing plumbing or valves all can wreak havoc for your business. Unfortunately, most of the damages due to excess water occurs before it becomes visible, which is why calling in professionals like Firewater Response to clean up and restore your facility immediately is important.
There are steps you should take immediately to protect your employees and business should you suspect or discover water damage.
- Evacuate the premises. Depending on the severity of the flooding, consider evacuating the facility to protect the health of your employees. Floods and sewage backups are normally host to dangerous chemicals, like oil runoff, bacteria and viruses.
- Turn off the power. If there is standing water, there is a risk of electric shock. If safe and possible, turn off the main power.
- Shut off the water. If you suspect a burst water supply, and it is safe, shut off the main incoming water valve to reduce additional damage.
- Contact your insurance company. It is important to alert your insurer of the damage, understand your coverage, and get your claim started.
- Call a reputable water mitigation specialist. Look for providers that operate 24/7, have an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and will work directly with your insurance company.