11 Commercial Restoration Tips + 5 Prevention Tips

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 15 Sep, 2012
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 […] The post 11 Commercial Restoration Tips + 5 Prevention Tips appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
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

  1. 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 electric until the utility company determines it is safe to use. Evacuate the building if you smell fumes or gas and notify the utility company.
  2.  Understand your insurance plan. Report the damage to your insurance company immediately; most companies have a toll-free call center if you can’t reach your agent. Have your policy ready for contractors so they understand your coverage.
  3.  If you rent or lease the building, notify your landlord.
  4.  Do not discard anything until a full inventory is performed, or keep a list of anything you do discard. Keep receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting the property. Receipts are essential for proving to the insurance company what money you have spent related to the loss, as well as for claiming the loss on your income taxes.
  5. Remove as much smoke or moisture from the building by running fans and dehumidifiers. Whenever possible, keep the indoor temperature below 70 degrees to prevent microbial growth.
  6. Remove wet carpet from floors to prevent buckling and mold growth. Allow them to dry thoroughly. Place scraps of hardwood under objects on the floor to prevent mold growth and staining. Foil or plastic can also be placed under furniture legs to prevent staining.
  7. Extract as much water as possible from the premises with a wet/dry vac.
  8. Board up building openings to discourage trespassers. Hiring a professional board up company ensures intruders are less likely to gain access to the building. Besides stealing items from the building, someone entering the building could get hurt, and you may be legally responsible for their injuries.
  9. Do not operate wet appliances until a professional has examined them and deemed them safe for use.
  10. Contact your local police departments to let them know the site will be unoccupied.
  11. If a contractor removes mold from your building, make sure they inspect the home and verify all mold is removed. Places to check for mold include all areas near the mold growth, behind wallpaper, under carpeting and other areas where water can seep including subfloors and wall cavities.

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.

Additional Information

These organizations provide information on preparations and what to do during an emergency.

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