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How To Prepare Your Business for Storm Season

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Tips To Help You In The Aftermath Of A Storm

As storm season in Fairfax, WA gets closer, it's important to know your business's building is protected from flooding. Despite all precautionary measures you might take, however, a heavy storm can still cause damage. The following tips can give you more control in the aftermath.

Minimize Damage
Even if floodwaters get past the sandbags at the doors and your exterior drainage system, you don't have to be resigned to utter destruction. A few extra precautions can help you prepare for storm season:

  • Back up data frequently.
  • Move equipment off the floor or to a higher level.
  • Install a sump pump in the basement.
  • Train employees with emergency procedures.

The great thing about these measures is that you can put them in place before you ever get the notification that a storm is on its way. You cannot always keep your building from flooding, but you can minimize the damage the water does.

Purchase Coverage
Make sure both your property and your business are protected in the event of a disaster. Most property policies exclude flood damage from storms, so you need to purchase an extra flood policy to cover your losses. Business interruption insurance helps to secure your income if a flood shuts you down. It can replace lost capital or maybe even cover the cost of temporary relocation of your operation.

Mitigate Quickly
If your building does sustain flood damage, don't hesitate to call flood restoration experts. The longer you put off mitigation, the more damage standing water does to your building. In as little as 24-48 hours, mold can start to grow on any surface the black water has touched. A delay in cleanup can mean a larger delay in getting your business back to normal.
You may not be able to avoid all flooding during storm season. You can, however, protect your commercial property from some of the damage by being prepared for it.

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