Understanding Commercial Damage Causes | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul
Business is the heart of our country, and it has been for all of our time. Every day, we all utilize companies, and it is likely we visit multiple ones.
Owning a business means you carry a heavy load in your daily management of the ins and outs. A disruption like a natural disaster can be devastating to the delicate balance that is keeping a business going.
Commercial damage from natural disasters has been on a steady incline in the United States. In the last five years, there has been an annual average of $153 billion worth of damage, which represents a substantial increase over previous periods.
Our weather here in Spring Valley is typically mild, with short, cool winters and moderately warm summers. While not completely exempt, thunderstorms and tornadoes are fairly rare in our area.
Even heavy rains are not common occurrences, although we do see some storms that carry intense rainfall from time to time. We do have an extremely high risk of wildfires in our area, though, which means that we all need to stay emergency-ready.
The more we can learn about the ways our businesses can be damaged, the more we can do to protect and prevent.
Water is one of the top ways business buildings are damaged all across the country. Moisture problems can stem from weather events or something internal and completely unexpected, like an appliance failure. No matter where it comes from, water causes complete chaos on commercial properties.
Exterior flooding from excessive rain or overflowing rivers causes damage as it enters your property through doors and even the foundation. Landscaping is a great preventive measure for this kind of water intrusion. Create barriers with flower beds, mulch or even extra dirt to divert water away from your business. This type of landscaping is familiar to us in California, as we follow fire zone regulations for our yards.
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 can cause commercial destruction that can devastate an entire property or a single roof tile. Even a small storm can knock out power or throw around debris that can keep you away from your office.
A powerful storm is capable of bringing extreme damage to roofing or even the structure of your property. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can topple freight trucks and tear down trees like they are twigs.
You can take action to limit the damage done to your property with a few upgrades to your building, like storm-protective window covers or updates to your roof. These measures are highly effective, but they can also be very costly.
Even simple low-cost or cost-free steps are highly effective, though. Check the seals on your windows and doors regularly, and inspect your building for potential weak spots or needed maintenance. Clear your exterior of debris or dead plants before a storm moves in.
Building these items into your regular routine can save you on expensive repairs later.
Damage to your commercial property can happen in many different ways, but water and storm damage are the most common. These events can completely devastate your business, forcing you to shut down for an extended amount of time, or in a worst-case scenario, close altogether.
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 damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 24⁄7.