Water is necessary for us to stay alive, but too much of a good thing isn’t always that great. Water can cause a substantial amount of damage to property, whether that be through weather conditions and flooding, burst pipes, blocked drains, or overflowing faucets. If you run your own business from home, then your property not only provides you with a place to live, but also with somewhere to earn your living. Because of this, being fully prepared for any potential water damage that may occur at your home will ensure minimal risk for your business.
Your Insurance Policy
When you began running your business from home, if you didn’t inform your home insurance company then certain types of damage to your business equipment may not be covered in the event of water damage to your home. Additionally, your insurance company may be unable to provide you with a suitable alternative place to work whilst your own property is under repair. So, make sure that you have updated your insurance policy to one that’s suitable for home businesses if needed. This will give you peace of mind about protecting your company and ensuring that everything continues to run smoothly in the event of damage to your home.
Get a Good Plumber
Water damage in a home is commonly caused by problems with the plumbing system. So, since your home is now an important asset to your business, it’s never been more important to ensure that your plumbing is up-to-date. Not only will this reduce your risk of water damage, it can also improve the safety of your home and even cause you to save money by being more energy-efficient. Additionally, you might want to add extra protection from cracked, frozen pipes by installing or updating insulation in your home. Be sure to have a readily available number for an emergency plumbing service!
Be On the Look-Out
A regular energy audit of your home that includes water will help you use fewer resources and save money on your utility bills; it can also help you to quickly spot the signs of potential leaks and water damage. Regularly check your home for any areas where you could be wasting energy or water, for example leaky faucets or any unusual hissing noises coming from your toilet, which could indicate an internal leak. Being aware and alert when checking your home means that you’re more likely to find potential problems early, before they can cause any damage.
Get Flood Insurance
If you live and work in an area that is prone to flooding, then you will need to take out a flood insurance policy on your home. In many cases, a standard home insurance policy does not include flooding, so if your home business were to be damaged by heavy rains, you would need to foot the bill for the repairs. Flood insurance for your home business will ensure that it is protected against all types of water damage.
Don’t let water damage put your home-run business on hold!
Alec Neufeld is a retired builder, now freelance writer and part-time general fix it man. He has strong opinions on the use of alternate energy and is also an avid sports enthusiast. firstname.lastname@example.org