Since you’ve spent years building your business into the success it is today, you naturally want to keep it in the best possible condition. However, should you find yourself in the path of a strong thunderstorm, hurricane, or tornado, numerous things can happen that result in severe damage to your business. As a result, repairs will be necessary. To make sure you are prepared should the worst happen, here are four repairs you’ll likely need to make to your business after storm damage.
Replacing Roof Shingles
If you were in the path of a storm that had very strong winds, your business probably suffered varying degrees of roof damage. Should you inspect it and discover some shingles are now missing, replace them yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. Otherwise, you could be facing water leakage problems later on.
Restoring Electrical Service
When storms hit, tree limbs often fall across nearby electrical lines, knocking out power to your business. In addition, any flooding that may have taken place can also severely damage your building’s electrical wiring. Once the storm has passed and you are assessing the damage, contact professionals experienced in commercial electrical services to start repairing your business.
Whether it was from flying debris or strong winds, chances are you are now staring at a business that has numerous broken windows and glass doors. If this is the case, use tarps to cover the openings or plywood to board up windows and doors until you can get replacements installed. In addition, you will also need to ensure the broken glass is cleaned up from the floor, shelves, and other areas where it may have scattered during the storm. To do this safely, wear gloves while sweeping, and also make good use of a shop-vac that can quickly vacuum up glass fragments.
From pipes that are now leaking to water lines that may be damaged, the plumbing system will be one area of your business that will need to take priority in getting repaired. Since water leaks can lead to additional interior damage and set the stage for significant mold growth inside walls and underneath flooring, hire experienced plumbers at once to address these problems.
While you will need to be patient while these repairs take place and you are dealing with insurance adjusters, letting your common sense and good judgement take over during this time will soon have you back in business.
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