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DAMAGE MANAGEMENT


Rapid Restoration Response


Malcolm Holmes, Head of Commercial Development for ServiceMaster Clean, discusses the benefits of ‘preparing for the worst’ when it comes to property damage.


Although it comes across negatively, ‘preparing for the worst’ is the best advice we can give when it comes to damage management. We don’t get too much notice about freak weather and we get zero notice about a burst pipe so what can you do when this occurs? As the old adage goes, ‘if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail’ and we want to ensure that your business is back up and running as soon as possible should the worst happen.


Whether your business is located in a flood-risk area or not, an approved damage management company is your best and quickest option in an emergency.


The series of winter storms that brought widespread fl ooding and coastal damage in the early parts of 2014 caused signifi cant disruption across the UK and in some places the effects can still be seen some nine months later. According to the Met Offi ce, the rainfall levels for the UK as a whole in January were 35% above the average, with specifi c areas in southern England reaching 200% over their long term average.


A government report has said that over 7,800 homes and 3,000


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commercial properties were fl ooded, as well as thousands of acres of farmland, affecting individuals, businesses and infrastructure. The government put a fl ood recovery fi nancial support package in place and pledged £540m to help victims repair, renew and protect their assets but the cost to the economy was priced at around £630m, according to a leading insurance company.


Calls to ServiceMaster’s Restoration Response helpline spiked between January and March 2014, with requests for assistance for fl ooding, damaged and leaking properties. Those companies and individuals that were already signed up to the service received fast response times and a professional service in quickly putting their properties back to pre- damage condition.


Act Fast The key to water-damage of any kind is fast action. Not only will the business be back up and running much sooner but the structural integrity of the property is safer and more secure. If a property is left wet or damp for an extended period of time, the risks increase, not only for the building itself but also for anyone entering the building. Moisture can lead to dry rot and bacterial growth or even toxic mould, which then becomes a health hazard.


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As the old adage goes, ‘if you fa to fail’ and we want to ensure th and running as soon as possible


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