Commercial Buildings and Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls
If you have damage in your commercial building, there is a good chance that water is the cause. Even a leaky toilet that seems like a small problem can cause a large amount of damage faster than you would imagine.
Owning and operating a commercial building comes with a long list of responsibilities, and trying to track down every leak or drip can feel like a huge challenge. Learn the top places leaks start so you can stay proactive at prevention.
Unplanned business interruptions are never good for operations. If you have to shut your doors because of water damage, you could be facing losing income and thousands of dollars in repair costs.
Create a habit of checking certain locations in your building regularly in order to catch problems quickly:
1. The roof. When your roof leaks, it can trickle through your building and leave every floor damaged. Roof leaks can start after a weather event or as the result of aging. Clean your gutters often throughout the year and inspect your roof once a quarter. If a wind or ice storm blows through, take a look at the roof to correct any damages it sustained.
2. Bathrooms. Commercial buildings lose 15% of all water from their bathrooms. Toilet and sink pipes can develop pin hole-sized leaks that can go unseen long-term. Make sure someone is assigned to checking every bathroom at least once a month to ensure the plumbing is working correctly.
3. Water heaters/HVAC/boilers. Large appliances all come with a leak risk, particularly when drains become clogged or pipe connections loosen. Check for puddles around your heating and cooling units, and take note of increases or decreases in the building’s water pressure. These are all indicators there could be a leak or other water issue, and when you correct them quickly you can avoid extensive damages.
While natural disasters will always be something we can’t control, most other forms of water damage can be prevented or lessened when you know how to react. Prepare your staff, your building and yourself—and lessen your losses during a disaster.
Start preparing by putting together a plan that covers maintenance in every bathroom in the building.
Think about working with us at SERVPRO to create a step by step plan, or Emergency Ready Plan, that will take away any question of how to respond.
In your planning, don’t forget to cover every water fixture in your building. Check your window and door seals often to ensure they are not allowing additional moisture into your building. Locate water shut-off valves in your building, and train some staff to turn the water off if an emergency happens.
Responding quickly is the best way to control water damages. When a situation occurs, do everything you can to safely get things under control fast, and then call SERVPRO. We are available 24⁄7, and it is our goal to get your building cleaned up so you can get back to work.
Experienced water damage in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.