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Commercial Damage and Its Causes

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Jonesboro is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Local businesses move our country forward, and they have since its inception. We all likely visit multiple businesses in a day, between work, play, and shopping.

When you own one of those local businesses, you carry a heavy load with simply managing the day-to-day operations. When a disaster strikes, the consequences can be devastating.

Damage caused by natural weather events has been on the rise in the United States recently. Over the last five years, there has been an estimated $153 billion worth of damage annually, which represents a significant incline from previous periods.

Jonesboro has certainly had its share of severe weather. While our winters are generally mild with cold temperatures and even the occasional snow, our springs are wrought with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Just this past April, a storm system moved through that brought high winds and tornadoes, leaving behind downed trees, missing roof shingles, and power outages across our area. This weather event was reminiscent of the tornadoes that tore through in 2020 and left so many without a home—and was one more reminder that we must always stay ready.

The more we learn about potential hazards both across the nation and right here at home, the more we can protect our businesses.

Water Damage

Water and moisture are both a major threat to businesses around the country. Damage from water can happen in a variety of ways, either from external sources like flooding or an internal source like an appliance failure. No matter where it comes from, a water disaster can cause absolute chaos on a commercial property.

Exterior flooding, like that from a flash flood or an overflowing river, can seep through doors and the ground floor where it can affect your foundation. If the space around your building allows it, you can use your landscaping to divert water away from your grounds. Flower beds, mulch, and even just extra soil can build a barrier and protect your business.

Water damage can also occur when a leak is left unattended for an extended amount of time. Plumbing should be checked on a regular basis to watch for signs of drips, paying special attention to warping or discoloration along the floor or walls. Taking these steps now can help you avoid costly repairs later.

Storm Damage

Storm damage to commercial properties is extremely common and can take out a single unit, a roof tile, or an entire community of businesses. Even a power outage or debris caused by a dangerous storm can damage your business and keep you away from work for an extended amount of time.

A powerful storm can rip off a roof or cause structural damage that could be irreversible. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can knock over freight trucks and uproot trees as if they were twigs.

You can minimize the damage to your building with a few upgrades such as storm-protective window covers and updates to your roofing. While these repairs can be rather costly, there are also low-cost ways to protect your building.

Check the seals on your windows and doors and keep up with regular maintenance and cleaning on your building. Walk your property before a storm and ensure any loose items are secured and dead plants are cleared out. Take care of your building now to avoid costly repairs later.

Know Who to Call

As a business owner, commercial damage is the last item you want to add to your list of things to be handled. Storm damage, water damage from internal sources, and fire damage can force you to close for repairs or even cause a total loss of business.

Thankfully, we are available 247 to respond to your emergencies faster. Our experts are prepared for any disaster your business may face. We will build a plan and a timeline that gets you back in action as fast as possible.

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, 247.

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