MaintenX International Offers Tampa Companies Safety Tips for Dealing with Flooded Facilities

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MaintenX wants to help local businesses safely deal with flooded facilities.


Hurricane Irma left lots of local businesses and facilities with standing water inside and outside their buildings. MaintenX International wants to offer safety tips for a quick recovery.

“There can be a number of unforeseen dangers as you begin to assess damages after a hurricane,” said Bill Schaphorst, VP of Business Development at MaintenX International. “It is just as important to make sure you and your staff stay safe after a storm as it is to prepare for the storm itself.”

MaintenX International has been helping Florida businesses safely recover after hurricanes for more than 30 years. Here are their top four recovery tips:

1.    Keep You and Your Team Safe
The most important thing after a flood is to keep yourself and your staff safe. Never walk or drive through floodwaters, as they may be deeper than expected. As little as six inches of moving water can sweep an adult off their feet and two feet of water can float a car. Roads and floors may be slippery or have shifted in the flood, so be careful as you try to get around after a storm.

2.    Assess Building Damage
After a flood, buildings can become dangerous and unstable. Never enter a building that’s been flooded unless it has been deemed safe. Look for cracks, sloping floors, or windows and doors that no longer close properly. These are all signs of structural damage. Listen for creaking or sounds of shifting which could mean the building is about to collapse.

3.    Reduce Chances of Shock
If your building is safe and you’re able to enter, first turn off your building’s main breaker (as long as you can do so without standing in water). This will help protect you should the power come back on without warning. Also, be aware of the danger of downed power lines. They can create an electrical charge that easily passes through water and soil, allowing you to be electrocuted as you approach the downed line.

4.    Decontaminate and Sanitize
Floodwater can contain a number of germs and hazardous materials, such as sewage, animal remains, fuels or chemicals. It is best to assume that anything that has come into contact with floodwaters has been contaminated and proceed accordingly.

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MaintenX International is a fully licensed, facilities repair company. As one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for their clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in an area, the company has established a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country for continued superior service for their clients. For over 30 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains and Fortune 500 companies nationwide. MaintenX International is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

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