Has your business recently experienced a flood? If so, you might have questions about what to do next. Finding the right advice for dealing with water damage in your company can be hard. Rest assured, you’re not alone. Here are tips for dealing with water damage in your business.

Contact a Company To Assess the Damage

Water damage is a prevailing situation every business faces, but it’s possible to clean it up and create preventative methods so that it doesn’t happen again. Bring in an experienced water damage professional who can assess the damage.

When the worker arrives, they’ll be on-site, walking with you through the entire building to look over the damages and explain what they plan to do to clean up the mess. If there are other damages, such as electrical wires in the water, they will take additional safety precautions before draining water and cleaning up damp piles.

Find Out the Flood Type and What To Do Next

Businesses deal with three types of water damage: clean, gray, and black water damage.

Clean Water Damage

The first is clean, and this one could happen from a broken water line or defective appliance. Even though this water might come out clean, it could lead to further problems if you don’t clean it up immediately.

Black Water Damage

Black water damage is the worst of the three because it could cause your business to shut down for a while, maybe even permanently. While this is a scary thought, alert a water damage restoration company immediately and don’t touch anything because this water comes directly from sewer lines, rivers, or groundwater. You can tell if it’s black water because it smells like mildew.

Gray Water Damage

The third type is gray water damage. Gray water damage smells like rotten eggs. Usually, standing water will cause this gross smell. Gray water comes from backed-up toilets, dishwashers, and snow.

Keep All Damages Logged and Ready To Report

After learning the flood type, hiring a cleaner, and doing what you can, ensure you log everything before submitting your report for an insurance claim. Your report must include images, descriptions of locations and items destroyed, and what caused the accident. If you don’t know already, a professional can give an accurate overview of what caused the flooding.

Buy Water Mitigation Equipment for Future Use

Your business goes through a lot, and it’s always best to have the right gear for preventative measures whenever you go through a traumatic event. Have water mitigation equipment available to keep flooding under control the next time you experience a flood.

In the business world, you will experience events that negatively impact your business, such as flooding. Follow these tips to prevent water damage in the future so that you and your business can stay ready for disaster.

Originally Published on https://www.breakfastleadership.com/

Michael D. Levitt Chief Burnout Officer

Michael D. Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consulting firm. He is a Keynote speaker on The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Burnout. He is the host of the Breakfast Leadership show, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of his latest book BURNOUT PROOF.