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How can you prevent business water damage?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water leakage damage in your place of business can be a devastating blow: Not only can it cost you quite a bit to clean up, but it can also slow — or even shut down — business operations.

Whether it's managing the distraction, sending employees home for the cleanup or losing equipment and records, water damage will inevitably cause your business to take a hit. Here are some strategies to help prevent water damage from happening.

Determining where water might come from can go a long way in preventing water damage in the workplace. Here are some possible water sources to investigate:

  • Appliances: Common sources for water damage include the water heater, clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and air conditioning units. The age of an appliance is a major factor; over time, appliances that produce condensation often rust, increasing the chances of a leak. Water supply hoses on washing machines and dishwashers also may develop leaks. Hundreds of gallons of water can escape, resulting in significant damage to the building and property inside.
  • Pipes and drains: Plumbing systems are susceptible to clogs and stoppages, which can lead to overflowing appliances such as toilets, sinks and washing machines. Grease buildup in kitchen sinks and roots in sewer lines are some of the reasons for clogs and stoppages. In the winter, pipes can freeze, burst and damage the building and the occupants' personal property. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day.
  • Roofing: Deteriorated, missing, or damaged roofing materials and ice dams can allow water to enter through the roof and damage ceilings, walls and floors. Inadequate attic insulation and ventilation can speed up a roof's decay and contribute to the formation of ice dams. Exposure to wind, snow, ice, rain and foot traffic can also affect a roof's ability to keep water out. Other roof debris such as leaves, branches, and moss can also prevent water from properly flowing or draining off a roof.


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