Common Causes of Water Damage in Commercial Buildings | SERVPRO® of Pewaukee & Sussex
Water is often the culprit when it comes to building damage. Since water is all around us and we use it every day, it is a constant threat to our businesses.
When you are a business owner or have a commercial property, it is important to catch any sort of leak or minor problem right away to avoid a large-scale disaster. The more proactive you can be when it comes to water issues, the better off your entire business will be.
You never want to have your business shut down for any reason! It can affect your daily revenue and it can cost you thousands of dollars when it comes to the needed repairs.
It is important that you are proactive in checking these locations around your business or have your maintenance team do this from time to time to stop minor issues from causing widespread damage:
1. The roof. Roof leaks can occur at any point, but they are most common after a major storm. Rain and snow can get under your shingles and can leak down your walls. It is important to keep your gutters clear and try to keep snow off your roof to prevent ice issues from forming.
2. Bathrooms. Our bathrooms are one of the most used parts of our buildings! It is important to check the toilets and sink pipes often, as even a hole the size of a pinhead can account for nearly 15% of water loss in commercial buildings. Designate someone on your staff to check the pipe systems once a month or more to catch these issues.
3. Water heaters/HVAC/boilers. Water lines leading to and from any of your appliances are also locations for water troubles to begin. Water puddles are a good indication that something needs to be investigated, and any change in water pressure should have you figuring out the reason why.
The good news is that besides a natural disaster or major storm, most water damage can be prevented. Just take the preventive steps now to avoid the extensive damages later.
Coming up with a maintenance plan is a great first step. Having a plan in place to keep up with the required maintenance can stop an issue from even occurring in the first place. Our team can also help you create an Emergency Ready Plan for your commercial space so that if you do suffer a water disaster, you have a thorough plan for how to react to the damages.
In addition to being prepared, check on the spaces that use water throughout your building and make sure several other managers or staff members in charge understand how to turn off the water valves in your space. Remember that the faster you call us after discovering water damage, the quicker our SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex team can help you recover.
Experienced water damage in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.