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Commercial Damage & How Your Business Could Be Affected | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

In the United States, our businesses are the lifeblood on which our country is built. All of us interact with multiple businesses each and every day.

Business owners have to manage more than simply the profit and loss of their company—they also have to focus on all of the tiny details that could potentially affect their business. So when disasters happen, it can be a disastrous burden for a business to bear.

We’ve witnessed a steady increase in natural disaster damage as time goes on. The NCEI reported that over the last five years in the United States, there was approximately $153 billion worth of damage annually, which is a meaningful jump from the last period of data.

Here in Beaver County, severe storms happen year-round. We see the extreme winter weather and the high-intensity events that come during the warmer months as well. This storm just last year was centered in Pittsburgh but was caused substantial damage all the way here in Beaver County.

Thankfully, we’ve collected some important information on the most common causes of commercial damage around the country, and we hope that it can help you better prepare your business for a disaster.

Water Damage

Excessive levels of water and moisture are major threats to business across the United States. Water damage is sometimes caused by nature and other times it can be due to manmade causes and simple appliance malfunction.

One of the causes of water damage is flooding. Seeping through unsealed areas of the exterior, water can affect the foundation. Consider utilizing landscaping to guide water away from the building.

Water damage is not limited to fast-acting waves, however. It can damage your property over extended periods due to seemingly minor leaks. You should routinely inspect your facility’s plumbing and walls to ensure that you don’t have damage taking place over time and to stay ahead of the problem.

Storm Damage

In the event of a storm, an entire area’s businesses and homes are affected. Even a less severe storm can take out power or send branches and rocks flying to damage your business.

Typically, storms carry winds that range from 10 to 45 mph, but severe storms like those that we see in the warmer months can produce winds of over 100 mph. Storms like these can tear trees out of the ground and throw damaging debris around like nothing.

Installing storm-grade window and door covers can limit the damage a storm can bring, but these measures often take extensive time and funding to complete.

Before resorting to the extremes, you can perform simple tasks like checking your window and door seals and performing regular inspections of the property that help prevent damage from going unaddressed.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to clear your property of any loose items and dead trees to avoid the chance of them causing damage in the event of a storm.

Know Who to Call

While it may seem cumbersome at first, taking the steps to protect and prevent storm and water damage is worth it in the long run.

Closing down to make repairs is not something any business owner wants to do. Thankfully, we have 247 availability, and our experts quickly respond to ensure that the proper restoration plan is enacted.

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, 247.

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