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How to Prevent Water Damage at Your Business

Water damage can be a devastating occurrence, regardless of it’s origin. It can cost you not only quite a bit of money to clean up, but it can slow and even shut down your business operations.

We’ve composed a list of suspects that you can monitor to prevent water damage at your place of business.

  • Appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers in the office kitchen, as well as the pipes in the sink can develop leaks from the water supply hose. Make sure your kitchen pipes and appliances are monitored for rust and corrosion.
  • Roofing can be a major source of water damage that comes from the natural elements. While you can’t control the rain and sleet, you can control your roof’s ability to keep water out. In most cases or businesses, you rent your space so it is up to the responsibility of the property management company to ensure the roof is up to par with code and condition requirements. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask when was the last time the roof was inspected.
  • Your HVAC system needs to receive regular maintenance by a qualified HVAC processional to ensure the drip pans, drain lines and other areas of moisture are clean and clear.
  • Bathrooms are a common source of floods and water damage culprits. Make sure that restrooms are clean, unclogged, without drips and that all pipes, flush valves and sinks are working properly.

Even with all this preparation, water damage might still occur and there are tools that can help detect and stop too much damage from occurring. You may want to consider installing a water leak detection system in your office space. Leak detection systems can be either active or passive.

  • Active leak detection systems: These systems usually generate some type of alarm, but also perform a function that will stop the water flow. Most devices use moisture sensors to detect a leak.
  • Passive lead detection systems: These systems, also called ‘water alarms,’ are intended to alert you to a possible water leak. They generally sound an audible alarm tone, and some may also feature a flashing light.
    Passive systems are frequently battery-operated, stand-alone units. They are inexpensive and easy to install.

The time to think about water damage is not once it’s happened, because by then it is too late. If you do experience water damage at your place of business, contact your commercial cleaning crew immediately to get started on restoration services.