What Causes Commercial Damage? | SERVPRO® of East Brownsville & South Padre Island
Business drives our country, and has since its inception. Every day, we utilize multiple companies when we shop, work and entertain.
Owning a business means you carry a heavy load just in your daily management of the ins and outs. A disruption like a natural disaster can be devastating to the delicate balance that keeps a business going.
Damage sustained during a natural disaster has been on the rise recently. Over the last five years, the United States has seen an annual average of $153 billion worth of damage, which represents a substantial increase from previous periods.
Here in our Coastal Texas home, our mild weather can be appealing in the dead of winter, but it also means extreme heat, severe thunderstorms, strong winds and hurricanes in the spring and summer. Now that we are in the midst of another hurricane season, we can’t soon forget the flooding that Hurricane Nicholas left us with last year or the damage from Hurricane Hanna in 2020.
These events serve as a reminder that we should always be prepared in order to protect our businesses from disaster.
Damage from water is one of the leading threats to businesses around the nation. Moisture can come from outside sources like excessive rain or an internal source like an appliance failure. Both kinds of damage can be extreme and cause utter chaos to your property.
Flooding caused by flash floods or coastal floods can seep in through doors and the floor, causing damage to the foundation of your building. If your building has the space, using your landscaping intentionally to divert water away from your property can be an extremely effective preventive measure.
Water damage that stems from an internal source can happen over an extended amount of time. A leaky faucet or a drippy toilet pipe can lead to warped floors and discolored walls. Check your building for any of these signs and stay on top of routine maintenance to avoid costly repairs.
Destruction from storms to commercial property is very common and can tear out an entire shopping complex or only affect one unit. Power outages and heavy debris can also disrupt your business and leave behind damage.
A powerful storm can rip off roofs and cause structural damage that can take down an entire building. These storms can carry winds of over 100 mph that can knock down freight trucks, topple trees and tear down walls.
You can minimize the damage to your building with a few preventive measures, including updates to your roof and windows. While these updates can cost quite a bit, there are some low-cost measures you can take as well.
Check the seals on your doors and windows and inspect your buildings on a regular basis for weak spots. Before a storm moves in, spend time cleaning up outside your property and ensuring that the area is free of debris and any furniture is properly secured. Take the time to care for your property regularly now to avoid costly damage later.
Damage to commercial property can happen in several different ways, but storm damage and water damage are the most common. These events can be completely devastating and can lead to a short-term closure or a permanent loss when damage is severe.
Fortunately, you have restoration professionals in your own backyard. We are available 24⁄7 to provide a quick response to any disaster your business may face. Our experts are your neighbors, and we will work with you to create a plan and a timeline that will get you back in business faster.
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.