Running a retail business can be challenging, as you learn to deal with costs, marketing techniques and ever-changing trends. But one of the most difficult aspects to handle is a disaster. Water damage not only affects the store, but also your wares. It’s important to understand how to approach water damage restoration to protect your investment. The right steps to repairing your business will ensure you can recover from the loss.
- Call your insurance company as soon as you notice a problem. They’ll be able to start an investigation to help you recoup your losses. You’ll need to photograph the damage and make a list of damaged items to ensure you receive money for lost wares.
- Contact a professional restoration service to determine the extent of the damage and the necessary steps to remove the water, repair the area and get the smell out of your store. Not only can water damage ruin items, the smell can linger without this service.
- Notify your potential and current customers about the event to ensure they’re abreast of the situation. A note on the store, a social media post and a mass email to your customer list will let them know when they can expect to return to your store.