Commercial water damage can be devastating to a business. Not only does it prevent you from doing business, but it can be harmful to the health of your employees and clients. What are the common causes of water damage in a commercial building? How can you prevent your business from being affected? Let’s look at the top causes of commercial water damage.
- Plumbing problems are a common cause of water damage. Damaged or broken pipes and other plumbing issues can have many different causes. Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to burst, deteriorated lines can spring leaks, and a change in pressure can create an issue. If you notice water stains on the floors, walls or ceilings, you find that some of your tiles are cracked or loose, or you smell something musty, it could be a problem with leaky pipes or a damaged sprinkler system. These leaks are sometimes difficult to find, so it’s important to call in a professional with leak detection tools to discover and repair the problem. If the toilets are gurgling or backing up, call a plumber immediately. Sewage leaks are a health risk as well as a problem for your building.
- Leaky windows can let water seep into your building. If your building’s windows are damaged or improperly sealed, the moisture that gets into your building can warp and damage the wood and drywall as well as creating a hospitable environment for mold. Repair damaged windows quickly and reseal windows regularly since caulk breaks down over time.
- Damage to the roof can mean leaks that damage the building. Wind, rain, and snow can damage a roof, as can improper roof maintenance. Structural damage can occur if something like a tree falls on the roof. When any of these things happen, ceiling damage, mold and mildew, and even fire hazards can occur. Inspect the roof regularly for damage, and provide maintenance as needed, replacing damaged shingles promptly. While you’re checking the roof, make sure the gutters are kept clean and clear of debris, so they don’t cause water to leak into the foundation and damage the building.
- If the HVAC system isn’t properly maintained, it can lead to water damage in the building. An efficiently-working HVAC system is important for the health and safety of your employees and clients. When HVAC ducts begin to wear out over time, water damage can be the result. Keep up with your HVAC maintenance, cleaning it regularly and removing excess water from condensation reservoirs.
If your business has sustained water damage, contact the water damage experts at Pacific Flood Restoration. We offer full-service, 24-hour, on-call emergency services, and we’ve earned a reputation for being dependable, on time, courteous, and ethical. No matter the extent of your damage, our trained technicians have the experience, proven techniques, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property, fixing whatever damage it may have sustained. Call 760.516.8549, or contact us through our website.