Severe weather can mean a thunderstorm that causes hail damage and the need for tree removal or a natural disaster like a tornado or hurricane. No matter the kind of severe storm, buildings and businesses across the region will require disaster recovery services to get back on track. With offices nationwide, ATI’s emergency response team has the necessary resources, manpower, and equipment to mobilize quickly.
Hurricane season comes with wind damage and storm damage. ATI has helped with recovery after hurricane-born floodwaters, high winds, and tornadoes have destroyed entire communities. Preparing for hurricane season can be overwhelming, but properly doing so can help soften the aftermath. From insurance coverage to battening down the hatches, ATI can assess your building for risks and mitigate more significant issues before the storm makes landfall.
Establishing ATI as your disaster recovery firm and drafting an Emergency Response Agreement (ERA) are critical steps in creating a disaster recovery plan. An ERA will provide preferential service during times of high demand for restoration services. In addition, its pre-determined pricing and terms will reduce recovery delays and unexpected expenses.
The most common repair needed after severe weather is water damage recovery and building repair. Water from flooding and torrential rain coming in through a compromised roof or otherwise damaged building envelope needs to be mitigated immediately to prevent secondary problems like mold growth and structural issues. Water removal is usually the first critical step in hurricane recovery and returning your business to pre-loss condition. No matter what Mother Nature has done to your commercial property, ATI can help navigate every aspect of stabilization, from insurance claims to recovery and repair services.
Water extraction removes property water intrusion and reduces drying time. Powerful sump pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units are used for quick, effective water removal. Other methods used include stopping the source of excessive flow of water, draining water, removal of non-visible water, drying the grounds, and dehumidifying the entire area.
Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and can retain a significant amount of moisture. This causes materials to warp, swell, break down, and/or encourage mold growth. Our team can manipulate temperature and humidity to remove any remaining moisture. We use industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to accelerate evaporation behind the walls, beneath the floors, and in other hard-to-access areas. Moisture monitoring equipment is also used to ensure acceptable moisture levels and that drying goals are reached.
Since mold is a fungus, it creates spores to reproduce. Inhaling these spores can be harmful to building occupants, which is another reason why mold removal is important. Our technicians safely remove all mold, whether visible or not. We repair any damage, then guide you in preventing future mold growth.
Contents Cleaning & Restoration
Personal property and building contents are just as important as the structure. We make every effort to preserve your assets through general cleaning, dry cleaning, stain removal, electronic repair, and other services. Flooding and water damage often require contents to undergo odor removal and deodorization. Depending on the scenario, personal property may require the use of antimicrobial, antibacterial, and/or disinfectant treatments to sanitize badly damaged areas.
Freeze-drying, air-drying, desiccant dehumidifying, and even hand-dry cleaning techniques can all be used to restore important documents, photos, business records, models, collectible items, and more.
Hurricane season is in full swing from June 1 to November 30 for the Atlantic and May 15 to November 30 for the Pacific. The term “typhoon” is used to describe these tropical storms in the Northwest Pacific region of the U.S.
If you haven’t already, put a disaster recovery plan in place and select a disaster recovery firm in the event your property is damaged. Being proactive is critical, as hurricane damage impacts entire regions. An established relationship with a restoration provider may offer preferential service during times of high demand.
Plan and share evacuation routes with your tenants, guests, employees, etc. based on instructions from the local government. Keep extra batteries, candles and matches, emergency tools (such as tarps, plywood, a hammer, etc.), drinking water, first aid supplies, a portable National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, and contact information for your insurance company as well as your disaster/emergency response contractor. Review your insurance policies. If you have questions about what your current policy will cover or need to augment your current coverage, contact your insurance professional.
Finally, take steps to protect your facility. Hurricane force winds can turn landscaping materials into dangerous projectiles. Secure all items around your property. Replace landscaping gravel or rock with shredded bark or mulch, which won’t cause as much harm. Remove weak branches and perform tree removal as needed. Install storm shutters or plywood panels to protect your windows from breakage. Seal outside wall openings such as vents, outdoor electrical outlets, garden hose bibs, and locations where cables or pipes go through the wall to prevent water penetration. Inspect your roofing for weak points.
After the storm, protective measures like tarping or board-ups while you wait to implement storm damage repairs helps prevent further damage.
We’ve put together a list of common damages for each hurricane category in our Hurricanes paper. It is important to review the common damages for each category as you prepare for any hurricane tracking your area.
Commercial building (or “commercial property”) insurance policies often exclude coverage for property damage caused by hurricanes. If you live in a coastal area or area at risk for hurricane damage, call your insurance company to understand your options and make sure hurricane damage, business loss, looting, etc., are covered. While coastal areas need to prioritize this coverage, storms can travel inland and cause severe damage, necessitating coverage for areas farther from where hurricanes typically strike, too.