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To maintain a busy and productive work environment, it's important to make sure that your office is in prime condition. It's tough to work in an office that's been soaked through because of a flood and it can also be difficult to remain positive after experiencing a fire in your building. 

Unfortunately, even the most sturdy of offices can experience their share of water damage. Managers and supervisors should consider the safety, cleanliness, and comfort of all of their employees. They should also know what to do if fire or water damage does occur. There's nothing worse than panicking employees in the midst of a disaster.

Effects of Water Damage

When water damage is allowed to accumulate for a long time in your office building, you may experience one or more of these:

  • Appearance of mold on the walls and the ventilation system

  • Moisture and humidity

  • Unpleasant musty odors

  • Rotting wood

  • Presence of rodents and other pests

  • Bloated carpets and walls

  • Shortage caused by faulty equipment

Water damage can affect an office in the same way that it can affect a house. If your office has wooden furniture or sensitive materials (such as books or documents), action must be taken immediately to keep these items from becoming infected with black water or from being permanently ruined.

Having a Contingency Plan

It's always in the business owner's best interest to make sure that employees are trained for emergency cases. It's necessary to create, practice, and implement a contingency plan so that supervisors and managers can direct employees to the nearest exit without causing a panic.

Other things that an office can invest in are a good power backup and communications system. Managers should also designate a common evacuation point so that it's easier to find each other in case there are any sick or injured people.

Also, developing a good relationship with the best local restoration company is important to ensure the safety of everyone.

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