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How To Safely Handle Flooding in Your Business

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water gauge pressure, hand shut off main valve, close-up. Turn off the water if accessible

Always Follow These Steps

As a business owner, discovering flooding in your business in Floral Park, NY, can be very stressful. While you are surely concerned about damage occurring to your building and belongings, your first priority needs to be your safety and the wellbeing of anyone else in close proximity to the area. To handle the situation in the safest manner possible and ensure you are dealing with clean water, always follow these steps.

Call for Help

Flooding in your building is a serious issue that becomes progressively more dangerous with the passing of time. As soon as you notice there is an issue, don’t hesitate to call a water damage cleanup company.

Clear the Area

Do not let anyone enter the flooded area until you are sure that it is not hazardous to do so. If any young children or animals are in the area, ensure they do not touch or ingest in any of the water.

Determine Risk of Contamination

Water damage fits into three categories depending on the level of contamination. If the water came from a clean water source, such as a supply line: broken pipe, it is Category 1 and you can proceed with caution. If there is any sewage or chemicals in the water or it came from outside, it is either Category 2 or Category 3 Water and needs to be handled by a professional.

Consider Electrical Hazards

Take note of any wires or outlets that are in contact with the water. If you suspect there is any risk of electrocution, turn off the power and leave the area.

Turn Off the Water Supply

If the water is originating from somewhere in your building, turn off the water if accessible. This will prevent even more water from entering the area.
If you are not sure if you are dealing with clean water or are worried about electrical hazards, don’t let anyone enter the area for any reason. If no danger is suspected, you can start the mitigation process.

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