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6 Ways of Preparing Your Commercial Building for a Flood

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

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6 Ways of Preparing Your Commercial Building for a Flood

Even if your commercial building isn’t in a flood zone in Golden Beach, FL, there’s always a chance it could be affected by rising waters. After all, your building is not only susceptible to storm damage but also to flood damage due to a plumbing mishap. It’s important to have a plan in place before flooding occurs. Be sure to:

1. Check Your Insurance Policy

If you have flood insurance, check with your agent to make sure you have enough coverage based on your area. You may not be able to get flood insurance if you’re not in a flood zone.

2. Move Valuables To a Higher Location

The floodwaters might be higher than you predict, so make sure you move anything that could be water damaged to a higher location or out of the building completely. This includes anything valuable, such as books, paper items, etc.

3. Backup Important Computer Data

Your computers could be damaged in a flood. Be sure to back up important data and files. Backing up to the cloud is ideal since it’s offsite and therefore, more secure.

4. Perform Outdoor Maintenance

Clean gutters, downspouts and drains and cut back dead tree limbs. Also secure outdoor items, like benches, tables, chairs, and trash cans. Flooding of just a couple of inches can sweep these items away, becoming a hazard to people and cars.

5. Make Contact Information Easily Accessible

Make sure you have a hard copy of all of the employees’ current contact information. Also, add to the list other businesses that you may have to contact such as a mitigation company to clean up any water damage.

6. Safely Store Important Documents

Store hard copies of important documents (e.g., contracts and insurance documents) in waterproof containers. It’s also a good idea to make digital copies of these documents and to back them up to the cloud.
Whether relatively clean water or black water, if your building incurs damage from flooding you can rely on water damage cleanup experts. They’ll return it to its preloss condition as quickly as possible.

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