Mother nature is wild and unpredictable. In most cases we have no choice but to learn to adapt to our circumstances and make the best out of an unfortunate situation. This is exactly where the people of Ontario and the greater Toronto area are finding themselves with the tremendous flooding disaster from Lake Ontario. This article is here to inform businesses that have been or may be affected by this incident about the unforeseen employee health damages, and how hiring a Janitorial Service can save you precious time and money.

Record Flooding In Ontario

As you may have heard, water levels out of Lake Ontario have been reaching record heights. One Southeast Zone Park Manager says that he has yet to see levels this high in his 15 year career.

A direct consequence of the lake’s raising water levels are outflows which is causing the disastrous flooding we are experiencing. Outflows are bursting out into our businesses, roads, and public areas at a daunting rate of 10,400 cubic meters per second. This is the highest rate dating back to the 1900s.

The Immediate Concerns

The most immediate consequences for people and business owners alike are obvious. The flooding is so vast and out of control that people are being cannot simply rid the water of their buildings but are forced to redirect it into higher areas in the building. People are reported as pumping water from their downstairs kitchen upstairs in order to alleviate damages.

Furthermore, business owners cannot even store their own freight in their own basements due to floods. Truck loads of bins are being shipped to companies in order to transport goods out of their basements to avoid losing dreadful sums of money.

The Overlooked Expense Of This Crisis: Long-term Health Effects

As a result of these disasters many consequences may lie ahead further in the future for business owners. Although the immediate consequences of the situation take precedence in all of our minds, and rightfully so, we also need to be concerned about the aftermath of flooding.

While flooding causes loss of company product, assets and property damage, it also causes mold and mildew which can spell long term health complications. As it is, managers are letting public employee health fly under the radar and it’s costing them.

A study involving 400 managers and employees yielded some telling results about productivity in relation to the cleanliness in the workplace. According to the department of health, thorough office cleaning show a positive correlation to health and comfort benefits. To put this in perspective, this is mostly benign dust. Mold and mildew are well known to have adverse affects on health. Further reports state that employees who experience “dry eyes, itchy or watery eyes, dry throat, lethargy, headaches, chest tightness” (Most of these symptoms of mold and mildew exposure) reduce in performance in the range of 3-8% and “[s]ubjects’ typing skills, arithmetic, logical reasoning, memory and creative thinking skills by 2-6%”.

The Answer: Hiring a Janitorial Service

Now, there are many reasons to hire a quality cleaning service, and in light of the recent flooding events and research conducted on the effects of health on productivity we are in more need than ever. Not only is cleaning up mold and mildew beyond the scope of most business owners, but who has the time to deal with these disasters when far more pressing company matters are at hand? Water levels spilling over into public areas is costing everyone valuable time with delays for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Commercial cleaning services want to help you lift your business out of this mess so that you can get back to doing what is important, serving your customers and clients.

It’s certainly true that we do our greatest work in a clean and organized environment. A cleaner workplace is essential for your employees, clients, customers and don’t forget yourself.

A clean office reported: a 5% productivity gain ($125,000) in a 100-employee office with an average salary of $25,000.

It is exceedingly important to select the right janitorial service that has your best interests at heart. A good cleaning service will:

  • Put your needs first
  • Respond fast to problems and concerns
  • Save you time & money
  • Declutter your environment
  • Be competitive

One excellent Janitorial service that offers all this and more is Decca Janitorial. We serve all over the greater Toronto area, and want to do are best to help you get back on your feet from the flooding. Start breathing the fresh air from a cleaning service success today and contact us now to get your first month of commercial cleaning services for free!