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The Facts About Commercial Damages:
Locally owned businesses are the heart of this country, and have been since its start. We all patronize multiple businesses in a day between work, play and filling our homes with all the things that we need.
When you own one of those local businesses, you carry a heavy load with simply managing the day-to-day of operating. When a disaster strikes, the consequences can be devastating.
Commercial damage from natural disasters has been on a steady rise in the United States. In the last five years, there has been close to $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a steep increase over previous periods.
In the Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac areas, it may be hard to imagine any weather other than cold and snow, especially as our winter lingers well past spring. As our weather does slowly warm, however, snowmelt and ice dams can lead to swollen rivers and flooded roads.
The rain that this past May brought only added to the danger of flooding. This danger is a good reminder of why we should always be prepared for anything that Mother Nature may bring our way.
The more we learn about potential disasters across the nation and right here at home, the better we can prepare and keep our businesses safe.
Damage from water can happen in so many different ways that moisture has become one of the top threats to businesses across the nation. Flooding from heavy rain, a burst pipe or even a drippy faucet can cause extensive damage on commercial property.
Exterior flooding from excessive rains or overflowing rivers can seep through floors and the seals on your doors, which can lead to damage to your foundation. If the exterior of your building allows it, landscaping can be strategically placed to divert water away from your building as a preventive measure. This is especially essential in our towns when snow and ice begin to melt.
Water damage from interior sources can happen over an extended period of time when a drip is left unfixed. Your plumbing should be inspected on a regular basis for signs of leaks. You should also watch walls and floors for water damage including warping and discoloration.
Keeping up with building maintenance can save an immense amount of money on costly repairs.
Storm damage to commercial properties is extremely common and can take out a single unit, a roof tile or an entire community of businesses, seemingly at random. Even a power outage or a downed tree caused by a mild storm can damage your business and keep you away from work for an extended amount of time.
If a powerful storm with strong winds, hail and a tornado moves through, there is the potential for irreversible damage, or even the complete loss of your property. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can knock over freight trucks and uproot trees as if they were twigs.
There are steps you can take to limit the amount of damage your building sustains. Costly measures like updating your windows and roof are highly effective, but even low cost efforts can make a big difference.
Keep your building maintained and regularly inspected to ensure everything is working as it should before a storm rolls in. Keep trees trimmed and limbs removed, and ensure any outdoor furniture is anchored properly to prevent damage to both your building and your employees.
Your commercial property can be damaged in a number of ways, but water and storm damage are the two most common. These events can be completely devastating and force a business to close for an extended amount of time or even permanently.
Fortunately, we are your backyard restoration professionals. Because we are locally owned and operated, you can call us 24/7 and we will respond quickly to any disaster you may face. Our team is your neighbor, and we want to work with you to create a plan and timeline that gets you back in business faster.
If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial restoration services, call SERVPRO of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac 24/7 @ 231-723-4872