It seems every other business in the south and south west of the country has been affected by the recent rain and floods in some way. If you haven’t suffered any water or storm damage then you can count yourself lucky. If your office or business has been affected, here are the steps to take to get your business up and running – and secure – as soon as possible. If you’re still safe and dry keep this advice just in case the next storm makes a direct hit on your office.
Check Electrics and Proceed with Caution
Make sure all your employees know not to touch any electrical installations or equipment that may have been in contact with water. Before staff come into the office make sure that the building has passed a safety check (carried out by qualified personnel) so everyone can safely turn on their computers. Follow advice from the local authorities if your business is too badly affected by the water to open and function normally. Always be aware of the potential dangers of water meeting electricity supply – if in doubt, tell people not to come into work for the morning.
Check Your Alarm and Security Systems
Check that alarms and security systems are functioning correctly after a storm. There may be damage to connections and cables that prevent the system from working. Run through a test of the alarm systems and contact the security provider if you are concerned about any damage that needs to be repaired. Pay attention to the fire alarms and be sure that everything is running as normal.
Check Software and Equipment
Depending on your business there will likely be pieces of equipment that need to be put through a test phase or restarted following power outages or possible water damage. Check that any equipment that automatically restarted following a power cut is functioning correctly. Reinstall any items of software that no longer work.
Repair Flood Damage
If water has entered the building, then open all the windows during the day (when it is safe to do so) to get as much air into the premises as possible. Turn heating systems off. Make sure to close the windows in the late afternoon when the temperature drops and the air outside becomes too moist to benefit the interior of your building. Don’t place furniture or other items too close to sources of heat – this could result in a fire. Keep the central heating on a constant, low heat overnight so that things dry out slowly. If papers have got wet, keep them together until they dry naturally. Check with the experts if you have suffered extensive flood damage. It may not be safe for you to clean carpets and other areas damaged by waste water. In all cases, follow the advice of officials as to when it is safe to resume business and how you can maintain your premises in the face of flood water damage.