Preparing Your Business: Protecting Your Facility
Protecting your commercial property from water damage
Commercial buildings, as well as manufacturing facilities, can suffer water damage that results in increased maintenance costs, a decrease in the value of the facility, lowered productivity and potential liability associated with a decline in indoor air quality. The best way to protect against this potential loss is to ensure that the building components, which enclose the structure, known as the building envelope, are water resistant. Also, you will want to ensure that manufacturing processes, if present, do not allow excess water to accumulate. Finally, make sure that the plumbing and ventilation systems, which can be quite complicated in commercial buildings, operate efficiently and are well maintained.
Use the Flood Protection Checklist to ensure your facility is protected against water damage.
Protecting your commercial building from wind damage
First, find out if your building meets current building code requirements for high-wind regions. Experts agree that structures built to meet or exceed current model building codes and include provisions for high-wind have a much better chance of surviving violent windstorms. Work involving building improvements may require a building contractor or a registered design professional, such as an architect or engineer.