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5 Ways To Protect Your Business From Fire And Water Damage


I'm sure you have excellent business insurance that will help after a disaster, but it probably won't be enough. Most businesses savaged by fire and water won't open again, so how will you protect your company going forwards?


You must prevent fires/floods from occurring in the first place or deal with problems as soon as they start. Let's look at some technology that will help save your business, so you'll know exactly what you need.


  1. Leak Detectors On Pipes

You'll waste a gallon of water per day if a leak drips ten times per minute, which is probably less than $1 per month. I know it doesn't seem like a lot of money, but something more dangerous will eventually go wrong.


Large puddles will form everywhere once the leak finally bursts, which could destroy ceilings, walls, and floors. Not only will leak detectors prevent water damage, but the water won't be able to start electrical fires.


  1. Use Smart Fire/Co Alarms

Smart fire and carbon monoxide alarms are great because they'll send alerts straight to your mobile. If you realize your building is burning while at home, you'll be able to call the fire department to ensure they arrive ASAP.


You'll know it's unsafe sending anyone to work the following morning if the alarm detects CO during the night. It's a good idea to use natural gas sensors too, which could stop your office from exploding when the gas catches fire.


  1. Advanced Warning Of Fires

If you speak to fire alarm equipment suppliers, you'll find gadgets that detect heat. A heat detector doesn't need to wait until it detects smoke, so it's like an advanced warning system you can use to your advantage.


You will have time to tackle small fires with a traditional fire extinguisher before everything goes up in flames. It will only save your life if it's serviceable, so ensure it's looked at regularly along with other equipment.


  1. Aerosol Generators Are Safe

Traditional sprinkler systems will eliminate almost any fire before it starts, but they're not always the best choice. Aerosol generators are more effective in your server rooms because they won't destroy electronics.


You need to carry out fire alarm system repair work on all the equipment. It's something smaller businesses forget, even though it's essential. Fires can't be fought if there is a problem with your alarm system.


  1. Check Your Roofs Using Drones

Have you played around with a drone yet? The technology is hugely impressive, and it's only going to get better. You should examine your roofs using a drone, especially after high winds. You'll know if tiles are missing straight away.


If you don't call roofers to repair the roof, it will be a disaster when it rains. Water will flow into your attic and destroy your ceilings. Drones will save you money because you don't need to call someone unless it's an emergency.


It's Something You Can't Ignore


It's unlikely your business will last more than a few years after it's been destroyed, so do everything possible to make sure it doesn't happen in the first place.


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