When a business is flooded, it is important to deal with the damage as soon as possible so that operations can resume as quickly as possible. It is never too soon to begin the process. In fact, as soon as you see the warning signs of a future flood, have a plan ready to execute. Some floods may be harder to plan for, such as those arising from a plumbing mishap, but be certain that your insurance is always up to date and that it covers all possible problems.
Commercial flood damage might involve everything from the inventory of a retail or wholesale establishment, shelving damage, and harm to equipment. Assess the value of these items and see what you can do to work around their loss. Having computer files backed up in a safe location will be helpful, and commercial insurance is vital. Call water damage professionals as soon as possible to begin mitigating the damage. You might be able to salvage more than you think, but wait for the professionals to arrive.
Dry the Area
After a flood, you will want to dry out your business as soon as possible. Mold and mildew are waiting to find a foothold before you resume your operations, so it’s important to head them off at the pass. They are looking for cool, damp areas to call home, but do not let them. You will need to first call commercial flood damage specialists, but it will not hurt to procure some large, commercial-sized fans to keep the air flowing in the area. A HEPA air filter will also work to take mold spores out of the air while you dry everything out.
Salvage Your Electronics
It’s likely that your business relies on computers. Believe it or not, if they were not running at the time of the flood, they may be salvageable. While the flood cleanup service is working hard on your walls, floors, and furniture, you might want to thoroughly dry out your electronics. If you have desktop computers, it will help to take off the cases and allow air to flow around all the parts. Check your hard drives. If they did not get wet, they may have dust on them or other evidence they weren’t touched. If that’s the case, have an expert remove them and label them for later use.
Keep a fan, a dehumidifier, and a HEPA filter on the machines. Allow at least two days for the drying process, but consult with a commercial flood damage professional to determine how much time to allow. Once the electronics have been thoroughly dried and inspected, they may return to life with some or all of the information intact!
Did your business just suffer from a flood? Call the flood damage cleanup experts at Rapid Dry Services.