Common Commercial Property Damage Risks | SERVPRO® of Conway & Faulkner Counties
Businesses are the backbone of the United States. Ever since our country’s creation, we have relied on innovation and businesses to help fuel and propel our nation forward. We either work for one, frequent one often or own one.
If you fall into the category of a business owner, you know how complex owning a business can be. On top of the day-to-day needs, it is imperative to have plans for when things go awry. When disaster strikes in the form of water or storm damage, it can have terrible consequences for your business.
In addition the sheer amount of repair work that may need to be addressed after a natural disaster, it is also becoming more and more expensive to recover from it. The NCEI reports that over the last five years, our country has suffered an average of $153 billion worth of damage annually, which is a substantial increase from the last couple of reported years.
In Arkansas, we are no stranger to strong storms in the summer months. Even recently we had to recover from some extensive storm damage in Conway. If you own a business in the area where the power was out, it could have really been problematic for you if you rely on electricity for whatever service or product you offer.
Below we shed some light on a few common issues that business owners face and offer some solutions to help mitigate severe and lasting damage to your business.
Unexpected water or lingering moisture problems can create widespread damage as well as mold issues if it is not addressed right away. These water issues can stem from rain-filled thunderstorms and even internal problems like appliance failures or faulty piping. Both kinds of damage can have negative effects on your commercial property.
Flooding from overflowing rivers or flash flood events can overwhelm the ground around your building and can seep into the foundation of your facility. Over time, it can degrade the structure of your building and will cost even more to fix.
Investing in a properly graded landscape around your property can help route water down and away from your foundation.
Water damage can also happen slowly over a longer period of time if it originates from a pipe or leaky appliance. Inspect your plumbing regularly to catch any potential issues before they become an overwhelming issue.
Destruction from storms is also a common problem that businesses suffer during severe weather season. Even minor storms can cause a loss of electricity, uproot trees and blow debris around that can damage your business exterior.
Most storms fall into the moderate category and bring in winds between 10 and 45 mph and create minor damage risks. However, strong storms like the ones common in the warmer months can produce winds of over 100 mph. Storms with high winds like these can upend vehicles, level buildings and ruin landscaping.
If you are able to install storm-protective window covers or reinforce your roof, it can help reduce the severity of damage when a strong storm rolls through our counties.
Thankfully, proper inspection of your windows, doors and piping can help you avoid costly repairs down the road and can protect your business from catastrophic issues. If you have enough warning ahead of time, clearing your property and preparing it for a storm can help clear out any potential hazards before the storm.
When faced with damage to your business, it can feel overwhelming and discouraging. If the water or storm damage is severe enough, it can even start to affect your livelihood if your business has to close for an extended period of time.
We are proud to be the company you can trust to get you back on your feet. We provide a quick response and 24⁄7 availability, and we maintain communication with you throughout the restoration process.
We believe in your business just as much as you do—and we will work hard to get it back to its pre-damage condition.
If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 24⁄7.