Warehouse Flood: 5 Tips For Faster Recovery
A warehouse flood can pause production and should be mitigated quickly by professionals.
It's not a secret that floods happen, and when they do, the flood damage they cause can be devastating. It doesn't matter if the warehouse is small or large; a flood will undoubtedly ruin everything in its path. But we have good news; there are certain things a warehouse owner/manager can do to help speed up the recovery process! In this blog post, we'll discuss five tips for fast recovery after warehouse flood damage occurs and how SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can help during a warehouse flood crisis.
Common causes of a warehouse flood
When it comes to warehouse floods, the professionals at SERVPRO have seen it all. Here are the most common reasons warehouse flood damage occurs:
- Pipe Bursts
- Sewage back-ups
- Toilet overflow
- Roof leaks
- Failed warehouse gutters and downspouts
- Foundation leaks
- Clogged or inoperative sump pump
- A malfunctioning main drain system
5 tips in handling a flooded warehouse
No matter the cause of the warehouse flood, it is essential to know what needs to occur next to get the warehouse operating again. Below we have included 5 tips to help ensure faster recovery times:
Tip 1) Shut off building utilities. For example, when a warehouse flood results from a faulty water supply line, you will want to shut off your main water line to stop further water from damaging the property. You will also want to shut off all electricity before any sparks occur, or there could be an increased risk of fires.
Tip 2) Call your insurance provider. Quickly calling your insurance provider will allow them to be in the loop and start the claims process.
Tip 3) Call a reputable restoration company. Calling a reputable restoration company will ensure that all water is extracted quickly and prevent secondary water damage.
Tip 4) Document all damages. It is always a good idea to document all flood damages to help with the insurance claims process. Documentation will include pictures, videos, and a detailed inventory list of contents damaged by the flood.
Tip 5) Relocate necessary inventory. Relocating all inventory and contents that didn't get damaged by the flood will be beneficial in helping production resume. However, you will want to leave all damaged items in place to be documented for insurance purposes.
The importance of a flood plan
Because floods are not uncommon in the warehouse industry, warehouse owners and managers need to ensure all team members are prepared and know our flood prevention tips. A warehouse flood can lead to lost inventory, damaged machinery, and expensive repairs. The best way to prevent these issues is by being aware of how they occur and having a developed plan before they happen.
At SERVPRO, we offer a free Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for any customer who wants to be prepared for disaster strikes. An ERP will include a complete written document detailing how to protect your property further after an unfortunate event occurs. In addition, the ERP will include exit points, important numbers, any vulnerable areas, and the location of all emergency shut-off valves.
Why call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO?
When a warehouse flood occurs, you want to call a team of IICRC certified professionals that can handle any size disaster. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek have all the necessary equipment and personnel ready for when a disaster strikes. As well, we can help salvage important paperwork and office electronics that were damaged by a flood.
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a family-run business that is independently owned and operated by two brothers, Greg and Gary Shooter, who built their business by prioritizing customer satisfaction.
Please contact us today for emergency warehouse flood assistance or any questions regarding our water damage process.