How to Prevent Commercial Water Disasters
Water damage in commercial buildings is no light matter. It can disrupt business, pause work, and even close the commercial building for disaster cleanup and restoration. If you find that your commercial building has water damage, it’s important to identify the source as soon as possible and fix the damage.
Why Do Commercial Properties Suffer from Water Damage?
While some water damage may not be avoidable, you may be able to prevent some of it. It’s important to know where water leaks come from, what causes them, and how they can be prevented in commercial buildings.
Much like any building, commercial properties can suffer from water damage for a variety of reasons. Here are some common causes of water damage.
If your commercial building has damaged windows, water can easily get into the building. Even if windows aren’t damaged or broken, if they aren’t sealed properly, it can cause commercial water damage.
Damaged or Broken Pipes
If the commercial building’s water supply lines are broken or damaged, it can result in a water disaster. While you may not be able to see damaged pipes, you can look for signs, such as water stains on the floor, walls, or ceiling, bulging walls, and loose tiles.
Leaky Roofs or Sprinkler Systems
Leaky roofs and sprinkler systems can cause significant water damage. If you notice water stains on your commercial building’s ceiling or if the building has been having issues with mold, there’s likely a leak in the property’s roof.
Another common cause for commercial water damage is clogged sewers. Signs that your toilets are backed up include gurgling noises or water backing up when a toilet is flushed.
How Can You Prevent Commercial Water Damage?
Since water damage can come from several different causes, you will need to take proper preventative measures to make sure your building doesn’t have any leaks or plumbing issues. Follow these three steps to help you prevent water damage to your commercial property.
Conduct Commercial Property Water Damage Inspections
One of the best ways to prevent water damage to your property is by having regular inspections. Hire a professional to inspect your building for any water damage at least once a year. While you may not want to spend the money on inspections, they are a lot cheaper than having to restore damages.
Invest in Property Maintenance
Maintaining your building can prevent water damage from taking place. You should regularly care for and clean the plumbing. You should also have yearly door and window inspections, in addition to inspecting and coating your roof at least every five years to prevent leaks.
Have Property Insurance that Covers Water Damage
Having the right amount of property insurance can also help if your commercial building does suffer any water damage. If your property insurance doesn’t cover flooding or water damage, it might be worth looking into water damage insurance.
SERVPRO’s Commercial Property Disaster Cleanup and Restoration
At SERVPRO, we can clean up after any water disaster, such as flooding, at your commercial property. We also clean up water damage caused by plumbing, leaks, damaged pipes, and more. If your commercial building is located in the Cedar City or Fillmore areas, we’re more than happy to offer our services to you!
We can help you with any water damage that your commercial property might be experiencing. Our team is eager to assist you. Contact us to discuss your options for water disaster cleanup and restoration.