Keep Your Waycross Business Safe From Water Damage This Winter
We’ve all seen the news reports and social media posts showing water damage to homes and businesses after a flood or a heavy rain. Most of the time, disasters like that are unexpected, and if we aren’t prepared for what may happen during storm season, we can suffer more water damage than we need to.
The steady rains of winter, or the very occasional snow and ice can present a lot of problems. Take a good look around your home place of business; are you prepared for wet weather? Do exterior doors fit as tightly as they should, and are both doors and windows properly weather-stripped? The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be well-maintained, too, to protect your machinery, product, and furniture from water damage.
The parking lot or driveway of your home or business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients, employees, and family members can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade in from their cars, floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster. Inspect the parking lots of your business regularly for potholes, especially after a storm. The last thing you need is a bill for damages to a vehicle due to deep potholes. If you know you’ll see a lot of run-off from the parking area, consider sand-bagging those areas that will be affected. Low-lying buildings next to a parking lot full of water can end up flooding, and you will want to plan ahead to prevent that from happening.
Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked on a regular basis, too. If your rain gutters become clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away rain water. As water backs up, it can leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can find yourself with water damage, and even mold.
Power lines and telephone poles near to your place of business can be an issue when storm season comes Contact your utilities companies and have them come take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your employees will be safe. Be aware of the condition of any large trees on your property. If the grounds of your place of business become saturated, a tree with an unstable root base can fall and create problems for you, your employees, and your customers.
The team here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is standing ready to help in any way we can! We have the expertise to handle water and fire damage, and specialize in mold remediation. If you have sustained water damage to your property, give us a call today at (912) 266-8609, or visit on our website:SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas