Our third and final blog in our commercial restoration series covers what you need to know/the important aspects of cleanup and restoration, including prevention. Tips Stay Away! until an inspector deems the property safe to enter. Keep away from downed power lines; report them to the utility company. Do not turn on the gas or […]
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Our third and final blog in our commercial restoration series covers what you need to know/the important aspects of cleanup and restoration, including prevention.
A disaster is not avoidable in many situations, but here are some tips to minimize the chances your business will endure a disaster or be as harshly affected by one.
Be prepared:Maintain a preparedness plan, back up computer files to an off-site location, and keep a storage of emergency supplies
Minimize water damage:Shut off the water supply as soon as you discover a burst pipe. Unattended water damage can result in mold growth; board up the building, cover open or damaged roofs with plastic sheeting, and remove all wet carpeting, rugs or other materials. The EPA recommends maintaining indoor humidity between 30%-60%. Measure humidity with a moisture meter, or pay attention to signs of high humidity including condensation on walls and windows.
Install smoke detectors:Install detectors, based on local building and fire codes; your local fire marshall can advise you on requirements. Also keep fire extinguishers handy, as recommended by the codes.
Avoid stockpiling flammables:Do not store large amounts of flammables, particularly in areas where they are accessible to the public. When storing dangerous materials, ensure their storage and use adheres to government regulations.
Service equipment:Keep equipment clean, have it serviced as recommended by the manufacturer and turn off equipment when the business is unattended.
These organizations provide information on preparations and what to do during an emergency.