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Understanding Water Damage Causes In Commercial Facilities

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

While water damage can cause significant problems in residential buildings, for commercial facilities the trouble is multiplied since it poses threats to both clients and employees and can also disrupt business operations. Below are some common water damage causes in commercial facilities.

Deteriorating Plumbing or Burst Pipes

If the plumbing within your commercial building is decades old, there is a good chance you’ll sustain water damage at some point. Pipes in particular are vulnerable to cracking and bursting especially during winter when they can freeze. A pipe that becomes covered in rust is also vulnerable. Signs of plumbing problems include a sprinkler system that is leaking or there is leakage from bathroom toilets.

Severe Weather

If you own a commercial building or business in an area that is known for powerful storms such as tornadoes or hurricanes, the structure should be designed to withstand them and you should carry the proper insurance. While it isn’t completely possible to prevent the damage that storms and flooding can cause, there are certain precautions that can be taken, like properly maintaining and cleaning gutters as well as verifying the effectiveness of the drainage unit.

The Roof is Leaking

A roof is designed to protect a building, but because it is the first line of defense and directly exposed to the elements, water might seep in via miniature openings that can be difficult or even impossible to detect with the naked eye. If the leak is continually exposed to liquid, it will grow in size and worsen, which will ultimately magnify the damage. This is why if you, your employees, or customers detect a leak, you should immediately contact a professional for assistance.

The HVAC System Has Malfunctioned

Like all machines, building HVAC systems are subject to wear and tear as time passes and this will ultimately inhibit their performance. When your cooling/heated system stops operating in the manner designed, cracks or leaks can appear within its drains and pipes. This in turn will lead to the leakage of liquid outside the unit which can get all over the floor and become a slip and fall hazard.

The Windows Are Damaged

Like the roof, your windows play a key role in preventing moisture and the elements from entering the building. However, in order to do this effectively, the window must remain sealed. Should the seal become cracked or damaged, this creates a scenario where unwanted liquid and moisture will get inside, where it can damage ceilings, walls, and floors, and potentially create mold issues if not handled promptly. This is why experts recommend inspecting every seal and window and if problems are found they should be fixed immediately.

Why It Is Important to Hire a Professional

While some homeowners attempt to resolve water damage themselves to save money, this is definitely not recommended for commercial establishments. By hiring a company like SERVPRO, you’ll be working with professionals who have been specifically trained to handle these issues and because of their speed and equipment, they will get your business up and running again as soon as possible.

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