How Disaster May Strike Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth
Local businesses are the heart of our community. We get a lot from these local organizations, whether it’s the one you work for or the one you visit every day for their services.
But every year, we hear about unfortunate incidents in which the businesses we care about are destroyed by natural disasters.
Each year in the United States, natural disasters cost billions in repair. Over the last five years, the NCEI reported that our country has suffered an annual average of approximately $153 billion worth of damage. This figure will only climb as the years pass and natural disasters become more frequent.
Fort Worth is regularly affected by severe weather like tornadoes, flooding and hail storms. In 2000, Fort Worth experienced a deadly tornado that cost $400 million in damages. During this fatal tornado, a Fort Worth restaurant owner’s business was demolished.
As a business owner, the best approach to protect your company from the effects of these costly emergencies is to take action within your workplace. Learn about all the ways disaster can infiltrate your business and how to prepare for it.
Water damage is a risk that many businesses may face. Leaks from appliances or plumbing cause mold or infrastructure damage quickly, and water can also infiltrate your facility as a result of flooding caused by severe rain or overflowing rivers.
Leaks that develop over time can cause foundation problems. Even a minor pipe leak can ruin ceilings and floors. Inspect your building for any signs of moisture or discoloration and have the underlying cause repaired as soon as possible to avoid expensive downtime.
Flash floods can occur unexpectedly, causing problems both inside and outside your building. Water can cause damage to your inventory, expensive machinery and any other valuable assets in your business.
You can slow the flow of floodwater by strategically landscaping your property. It is also important to seal up any cracks or gaps that may serve as entry points for water around your windows, doors and walls. Consider raising HVAC equipment and electrical installations above ground level to keep floodwaters at a distance.
Storm hazards frequently ruin businesses. These terrible disasters rip through facilities every year, causing structural damage, wrecking machinery, and destroying precious merchandise. Even minor storms create power outages and can send debris flying, causing an array of problems for your business.
These storms can generate strong winds. Most storms produce winds of around 10 to 45 mph, but strong storms can produce winds of over 100 mph. Storms of this magnitude can tear the roof off your facility, exposing the interior materials and causing complete wall collapse.
Fortunately, there are solutions to protect your commercial property from these weather threats. Install impact-resistant doors and high-impact glass to preserve your company’s interior. Check your roof for damage on a regular basis and trim any overgrown branches near your building to avoid them from breaking off and damaging it.
Make sure you are also informed of your local weather risks. Some places are more vulnerable to threats such as flash flooding and severe winds, so understanding what to expect based on where your business is located is important.
Know Who to Call
The last thing any business owner wants is for an emergency to occur without being prepared for it in advance. Preparing your facility for these events before they occur could save your company from costly repairs.
Our team specializes in these areas of destruction, so we can handle any emergency that may arise for your company. We provide emergency services 24⁄7, so any restoration your commercial property requires can begin as soon as you call.
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.