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Minnetonka Businesses Face Commercial Damage from Environmental Threat

7/26/2015 (Permalink)

A regular roof inspection and maintenance program is vital to the existence of your business in Minnetonka against environmental events.

The Many Environmental Threats to Your Business and the Commercial Damage They Can Cause

Minnetonka business owners have many responsibilities, one of the most important of which is caring for the building that houses the organization. Environmental damage to structures comes in many ways, from severe storms to constant pounding by sunlight, moisture, wind and seasonal or even daily temperature variations. 
The weather to which your building is exposed and the maintenance plan you employ are particularly important to the appearance and longevity of the structure. Both of these issues can also affect the bottom line of any business due to the simple fact that commercial damage can be costly. 

The Steps to Protecting Your Business
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has issued a few suggestions designed to preserve any structure. The first step involves a thorough inspection of the building itself, which should be done as soon as possible after a severe storm. Additionally, the building should be inspected periodically to check for less obvious but still potentially harmful long-term environmental effects.
In addition to the major internal and external components, the building should be examined for leaks in sealants, gaskets and certain construction materials. Vents and pipes also need to be carefully checked. Listed below are the specific areas that need to be examined on a regular basis.

A regular roof inspection and maintenance program is vital to the existence of your business, and any faults need to be repaired immediately. Roof drainage systems, including gutters and downspout inlets, are particularly important to the roof itself and need to be cleared of snow, ice, leaves or other material. 

Even minor wall cracks can develop into major problems, which is why they need to be sealed right away. Wooden walls must be checked for roting and, in some cases, may need replacing. It is also important to check exterior insulating finishing systems for cracks, chips and holes.

Windows and Doors
In order to prevent them from serving as pathways for wind and water, windows and doors need to be checked for cracks. Every check should include an examination of the wooden threshold at the bottom of each door. The seals, gaskets, glazing putty and magnetic contacts for security systems also need regular examinations.  

Building Penetrations
Roof and wall penetrations, including water lines and electrical conduits, need to be checked and properly sealed if necessary. A single tube of caulk will go a long way in sealing out moisture and prevent interior commercial damage.

Remember the Outside 
If possible, the terrain around your building should be sloped away to prevent the accumulation of water after a heavy rain. Storm water drains and culverts also need to be checked for obstructions. 
In the event of a flood or other natural disaster, consider turning to SERVPRO, which is the leader among restoration companies. Its professionals will in no time get you back in business.

Fire damage or water damage never strikes at a convenient time and the hours spent cleaing up after means lose of productivity and revenue. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of Minnetonka a call - 952-473-4837 and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

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