Increase Your Odds of Re-Opening After a Disaster
The New Year brings opportunity for new beginnings! Start 2020 off right be being READY!
Did you know up to 50% of businesses that suffer a disaster may never reopen?
Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place.
Ready.gov has a lot of useful information on all the possible disasters and emergencies that could possibly befall you or your business. I would like to be able to narrow it all down to a simple quip or phrase and send you on your way but that wouldn't be the responsible thing to do. You really need to take the time to educate yourself, and your employees, and then come up with a plan that best suits your business. After all you and your employees are the help until the help arrives. Make your plan and know what to do before the time comes. Here is a direct link to the Business Emergency Preparedness Social Media Toolkit to help you get started.
Make your resolution one that helps protect you and your business. Call us today at (703) 368-4399 to learn about how we can help you be "Ready for whatever happens" in the New Year!
Water Damage Tips For Office Buildings
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Water damage is a very significant threat both to the safety of the occupants, and to the finances of the owners, not just of residential homes, but also of commercial buildings. In North Prince William County that means plenty of medical buildings, professional buildings, and the like. In times of severe flooding or plumbing failure this damage could even stop your business from daily tasks, which means you are losing money!
In this article we go over some basic preventative and responsive measures so that hopefully you can avoid being in this situation, or if you do find yourself in this situation, at least you can get your office back to normal quickly.
In the office there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of damage due to water leaks. For example, educate your office managers on water damage preparedness. This means that your managers should know how to turn off the water, electric, and gas supply. If they don’t have access, then they should know who to call in order to have these items completed. It’s also a good idea to have some basic tools in the office so that they are readily available in the event of an emergency. Lastly, it’s important to have a list of emergency contact phone numbers for all employees, as well as local fire and police numbers, so that in the worst case the loved ones of those injured can be notified, and they can get medical attention if needed.
Just as with residential structures, rapid response is critical to water damage in an office. The longer you wait before the area is restored the more of a chance you there is that you will have mold, which is another problem altogether.
The best course of action is:
- Call a plumber to fix the source of the loss;
- Call SERVPRO of North Prince William County to remediate the damage.
Of course, you can call your insurance first, but remember, we are also experts at the insurance side of damages as well, and can help you get the best coverage, so you may call us to work with your insurance as well.
At SERVPRO of North Prince William County we are the leaders of commercial water damage restoration. Contact us today to learn more!