Common Causes of Commercial Damage | SERVPRO® of Clatsop, Columbia Counties
Businesses have been the lifeblood of this country from its inception. Every day, we Americans either work for or use one, if not more, of these companies.
Being a business owner comes with many responsibilities on a regular basis without the interference of an unwarranted disaster. When calamity does hit, it may be devastating to a company’s bottom line.
The National Center for Environmental Information estimates that weather- and climate-related damages have exceeded $2.195 trillion since 1980, showcasing just how much these damages can cost.
Locally in Oregon, it is not uncommon to encounter a major storm. Heavy rain and substantial flooding impacted the area this year, with floodwaters washing out a portion of Highway 47.
Because inclement weather like this can happen at any time, it can be helpful to know the types of weather damages that are most likely to impact your business.
Water or moisture in excess is a big danger to businesses around the country. Water damage can occur naturally or because of something as simple as an appliance malfunction, and both types of water damage can cause havoc on commercial property.
Flooding that starts on the outside, such as from flash floods or overflowing rivers, will often seep past the doors and into the ground, causing damage to your facility’s foundation. Consider using your landscaping to direct water away from your business if you have space around it, as this can be a vital precaution.
Leaks inside the building might also cause long-term water damage. It’s critical to look for indicators of leaks in your plumbing as well as warping or discoloration in your walls and floors. Regularly taking these measures will help you stay ahead of the damage and avoid pricey repairs.
Storm-related commercial damage is common, and it can be catastrophic to a neighborhood of enterprises in a small community. Even mild storms can knock out power, uproot trees and scatter debris, all of which can cause serious harm to your business. Incredibly violent storms can easily rip off commercial roofing or building siding.
Severe winds can exceed 58 miles per hour if the current is strong enough. Storms this intense are capable of ripping trees from the ground, tumbling walls and knocking over large vehicles.
Installing storm-protective window covers and upgrading your business’s roof will often limit the extent of storm damage, but these preventive steps can be pricey.
On the bright side, taking cost-free preventive measures such as routinely assessing your building and checking the seals on your windows and doors can help you avoid costly repairs and further devastation. It’s also a good idea to remove your land from any potential risks that could uproot and harm others before a storm.
Know Who to Contact
Commercial damage can come in many different forms, the most prevalent of which are water and storm damage. Businesses are frequently forced to close for repairs or possibly to close permanently as a result of these tragic incidents.
Luckily, we here at SERVPRO are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and ready to respond quickly to any disaster you encounter. Our team of trained restoration specialists will be there to assist you in developing and implementing the best restoration strategy for your company.
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.