We can all hope that if we have a physical store that we run our businesses out of, they never run into any incident where catastrophic damage occurs. But, in many cases, that’s just wishful thinking. If you’re located anywhere near water, near earthquake areas, near places that have wildfires, or near places that have nasty thunderstorms, there’s always going to be the possibility of physical, structural damage. Next why you at least should know the basics of what it would take to restore your building to its previous glory.
Consider for a moment the ideas of water damage, fire damage, damage from electrical outages, and then the structural damage from other things like earthquakes, mudslides, or even high wind.
There are a few different ways that your building could suffer water damage. There may have been flooding in the basement due to a leak in the foundation. Perhaps there was a broken pipe in the plumbing system. If you live near a river, stream, or coast, it could be that the water level rose and created damage from that angle. And one of the things about water damage is the fact that even when it dries, there is the possibility of mold, mildew, or other damaging remnants. That’s why having a professional handle water damage to restore your business is the responsible decision.
On the other side of the spectrum from water damage is fire damage. And there are many common causes of fires in businesses. Your primary one is going to deal with sparks or overheating caused by electrical equipment. If any part of a safety system for a piece of equipment fails, parts can overheat, and then sparks or fires can occur from there. Using surge protectors will do a lot to protect against this possibility, but if restoration is needed, always be sure to look inside of walls for damage to things like structural elements or insulation.
Damage can occur from power spikes as well from things like thunderstorms. If lightning hits too close to the building and zaps out a transformer, lots of damage can happen very quickly. If your computers aren’t all hooked up to surge protectors, they can get fried instantly. Always make sure that you have insurance on your electrical equipment if there’s any chance of a storm knocking your power out.
Even though all of the other types of damage can incur a structural cost as well, it’s important to think about restoration from things like earthquakes, mudslides, or even pests like termites. Structural damage from those kinds of activities can be harder to see because the physical indications of the damage might not necessarily be super obvious. For many businesses, if the structure is damaged somehow, it may be smarter to do a full rebuild than to try and shore up pieces that are compromised.