Salvaging Your Business After A Flood

floodThere’s no question that the springtime offers many new improvements in regard to the weather, but one of the things that many businesses don’t consider is the fact that this is the time of the year where flooding is most likely to take place. One of the biggest reasons for this is because of the many thunderstorms that come during the spring. Add to that the fact that the ground often still contains moisture from snowy winter months, and this can result in disaster.

If you are unlikely enough to experience flooding, here are several musts to ensure the continuity of your business.

Contact Your Insurance Provider: This is probably the most important thing you can do to recover from a flood. Your insurance provider will schedule for a claims adjuster to come and review your damages. This will get your claims processed as quickly as possible. Also take the time to review your insurance information to get an idea of what’s covered and what kind of a premium you’ll most likely have to pay, so you know ahead of time. This will help you understand the process better.

Get the Water out of There: The longer you wait cleaning up, the more damage you’ll most likely have. First and foremost, you need to get the water out of there. If you don’t already own a submersible pump, you can easily find a submersible pump for a decent rate. Look for one with a larger hose to get the water out as quickly as possible.

Take a Look at What’s Salvageable: Now let’s see what’s damaged and what can be salvaged. If you have any perishables, these are mostly damaged if they are not canned or in secured plastic. Throw them away immediately. It’s recommended that you clean any metal or plastic salvageables with detergent and a solution of one tablespoon of bleach in one gallon of water. In regard to equipment, you can clean stainless steel or a nonabsorbent material with that same bleach solution. This will help to kill any mold that manifests.

Getting Rid of the Mold in the Building: Once the water is removed, it’s imperative that you dry and clean the walls and flooring as quickly as possible. It’s recommended that you take care of these things within 24-48 hours of the initial flooding. You can scrub the floors and walls with a bleach solution and detergent. However, any carpeting, plaster, wallpaper and insulation will need to be removed as this is already too damaged to salvage.

Learn from Your Experience: Once you have experienced flooding and have recovered, it’s time to prepare your building to make sure it never happens again. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety recommends that you take a look at your situation and see if dryproofing your building would make sense. This includes applying waterproofing to exterior walls and anchoring the building to resist flotation. In addition, see if there are ways to prevent water seeping into your basement like repairing any cracks in the foundation.

There’s no question that flooding is a concern this time of year. By doing these things, though, you can recover if your business experiences one.

Haily is a blogger from South Jersey. She writes frequently on home repair and small business topics.