Hello and welcome back to the Disaster Response blog! Lately, we have been focusing on water damage and how it affects our home and businesses. Though we can’t control everything that happens around us, we can do our part to leave little room for disaster to strike. This week, we are going to continue to discuss how you can keep your business out of harm’s ways. If you missed it, read part one or keep reading below.
Analyze your windows.
The third step of five that we have been discussing lately that can save your business is analyzing your windows and the area around them. Windows are a source of natural light and fresh air—both are creature comforts that we, our employees, and customers need to stay healthy and happy. Though our windows are essential, they can also be places of weakness in the structural integrity of our building. For this reason, you must keep an eye on your windows to make sure that they are secured, sealed, and functioning like they should. Here are some aspects of your windows to regularly check:
- Integrity of the air seal
- Functionality of locks and mechanical parts
- Flashing and related joints
- Water staining and mold on or around the window
Checking your windows and making sure that they are sealed and working like they should can prevent damage to the surrounding wall and structural elements within your walls.
Check other equipment.
If your business has any kind of equipment, especially that which uses or produces moisture or water, you must check it regularly to make sure that it is functioning properly and that if parts need to be replaced, you contact the appropriate professionals. Water lines, pumps, tanks, and other similar parts can, if allowed to deteriorate, be the causes of major water damage. If you are not in the habit of checking your equipment, we suggest that you create a maintenance schedule for yourself and your stakeholders.
Prepare with a Disaster Relief Plan.
If you read our previous blog post, you will have heard us mention a Disaster Response Plan. A DRP is a means of preparation that won’t necessarily prevent disaster, but will put you in a place that will allow you to come out of the disaster with the best chances for survival. Creating a DRP will allow you to:
- Have a visual record of your assets
- Have inner and outer stakeholders who you can rely on to be ready when needed
- Know that you have sufficient insurance and avoid pitfalls
- Allow you to practice the DRP monthly
- Eliminate chaos
- Know when to seek out a public adjuster
All of this probably seems overwhelming. Because we understand the insurance claims process, what happens when disaster strikes, and have seen common pitfalls, we have designed a DRP program that businesses in the West Michigan area can use to avoid devastation. Being prepared is more than half the battle for coming out on top when disaster strikes.
If you are interested in a DRP, visit our website or contact us! We offer an e-book and our assistance in creating a realistic DRP that fits the needs of your business. As we mentioned above, we at Disaster Response have seen it all and have over 25 years of experience helping homeowners and business owners recover from disaster. Learn more here and begin the process of developing a plan that will give you peace of mind.
Have Water Damage?
We hope that we aren’t too late in giving you advice that can truly help you avoid a watery disaster. If we are, as water damage restoration specialists, we are here to help you get the pieces put back together as soon as possible to avoid further damage. We offer dehumidification services as well as mold testing, and mold removal. Contact us day or night! We are always available no matter if it’s three in the morning or two in the afternoon. We are the water damage restoration company that you can count on to not only be there when you need us, but to deliver high-quality service every time. Not sure how to process through the insurance claims process? We can help with that too. Contact Disaster Response now!