What Commercial Property Owners Should Know About Flooding and Black Water
Dealing with water damage isn’t something that your neighbors will envy you for. It can be absolutely devastating for your Delaware County commercial property, not to mention the possibility of being temporarily displaced, and business put on hold. To prepare for a possible flood in your area, take these precautionary steps.
Know Your Flood Risk
It’s important to keep track of your region’s flood risk. There are a number of factors that can determine your flood risk, but keep in mind that nowhere in the United States is risk-free. If you live in a coastal city during hurricane season, your flood risk will dramatically increase. Other areas with typically high flood risk include low-lying areas near bodies of water or downstream from a dam or levee.
Know Your Insurance Options
When it comes to natural disaster-type flash floods, typical commercial insurance policies often don’t cover the damage. Flood insurance is a separate policy purchased through FEMA, so keep that in mind if you’re in an area with high flood risk. Also, familiarize yourself with local disaster restoration companies and choose one you prefer beforehand, since the time to act must be immediately after the flood.
Know the Signs of Water Damage
Some floods are more severe than others, and in some cases, it will be obvious when your business has been affected. In other cases, however, water damage can be more insidious. It’s important to recognize the signs and know the different types of water that can damage your home. Black water, for example, is highly contaminated and will cause severe odor and mold damage to your property if not treated immediately. Floodwater is, in every case, considered black water. Grey water can also cause damage, but it is derived from appliances and pipes in your building.
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