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Restoring Your Business After Fire Sprinkler Damage

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Active fire sprinkler Fire sprinkler in a Boylan Heights, NC business goes off accidentally

Commercial Water Damage

Flooding, leaky roofs, busted pipes, backed-up drains, appliances, and natural disasters are a few causes of commercial water damage. However, what happens if the fire sprinklers at your business in Boylan Heights, NC, go off accidentally?
Check your building’s sprinkler system regularly to make sure it is functioning properly. If it has been a while since you last had it inspected, consider what could happen if you don’t:

Fire sprinkler systems fail. Pipes age and corrode. Winter cold can freeze pipes and cause them to burst.
Sprinkler flooding can cause just as much if not more damage than if there was a fire. Water soaks through everything in its path: furniture, carpets, walls, office equipment, and people if they have the misfortune of getting caught under the sprinklers.
The repair can be costly. According to a March 2020 report from iPropertyManagement, the annual cost of repair from water damage in the United States is $13 billion.

Be Prepared
Don’t be caught off guard. Make sure you and your designated employees know what to do if the fire sprinklers discharge:

Shut off the water. Know the locations of the shut-off valves for different areas of the building as well as the location of the main valve.
Document and itemize the damage as soon as possible. This will help make the claims process more efficient when you contact your insurance company.
Don’t try to do the cleanup yourself. Get a reputable restoration company to come in to remove the water, dry and dehumidify the flooded areas, and thoroughly clean, sanitize, and deodorize.

Everyone in the facility should have emergency contact information for the sprinkler system company, your insurer, and a qualified commercial restoration company that offers 24-hour service.

SERVPRO is Here to Help
Getting back to business after water damages your office will take time, but if you have the right flooding restoration team help guide you through the steps, you can be up and running as soon as possible.

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