Warehouse Flood: 5 Ways to Reduce the Severity of Flood Damages
A warehouse flood can result in many thousands of dollars worth of damages.
A warehouse can serve many purposes, but it is most common for a warehouse to hold large amounts of product and inventory for a business or multiple businesses. The last thing that any warehouse owner or manager wants is to have damages from flooding.
Not only is the flooding itself detrimental to the warehouse structure, but it will also leave the warehouse owner with a large mess to clean up and the need to reduce product damages as soon as possible.
The following blog post will discuss 5 ways to ensure minimal damages will occur before a warehouse flood occurs. The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have mitigated the most severe warehouse flood damages. With that being said, we want to ensure that you are well prepared for a warehouse flood and the best ways to make the cleanup process easier for when a flood disaster occurs.
5 Ways to reduce damages before flooding occurs
As you probably are already aware, flooding can result in catastrophic damages to a warehouse. To prevent flood damages from resulting in more severe damages, we put together the following list:
1) Have a video surveillance system installed. The installation of a video surveillance system will keep your warehouse protected from thieves and help monitor inside and outside of the warehouse.
2) Keep all packages and products at least a foot above the ground. The higher up you can keep the stored products in the warehouse, the better. The professionals at SERVPRO have found that keeping products on pallets will not be high enough when flooding occurs.
3) Design an emergency flood plan. When designing the warehouse flood plan, ensure that it includes all emergency exits and emergency shut-off valves for electricity, water, and gas supply lines.
4) Ensure that all members of the managing staff have the number to a restoration contractor. Having the number to a professional restoration contractor will ensure that the damages are mitigated quickly and adequately.
5) Monitor and check the property frequently for damages. For example, holes and cracks in the warehouse will make it more susceptible to damages when flooding occurs.
What to do when flooding occurs
When flooding occurs to your warehouse, you will want to call an IICRC certified restoration contractor to come out and mitigate and restore the damages that occurred to the property. The right team of restoration contractors will:
- Document all the warehouse flood damages
- Extract standing water from all surfaces
- Move all salvageable packages and products to a dry location
- Use dehumidifiers or air movers to ensure that the property is dry
- Work with the property insurance company to ensure that all parties are compensated correctly for the damages
Why choose SERVPRO
Have you just experienced a flood in your warehouse? You are not the first, nor will you be the last. The professionals at SERVPRO know that water damages are the most common causes for business interruption, loss of inventory, and damage to equipment.
When you choose to work, hire SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, you will be granted an IICRC certified team of professionals that have helped property owners with all types of property damages.
As a preferred insurance vendor, we know how to properly communicate with property insurance companies to ensure that the property damage claim is processed quickly.
Please contact us today if you are in the middle of dealing with a warehouse flood situation in North Georgia. It does not matter what time you call; emergency service crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year.