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Commercial Water Damage... now what?

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage in the workplace, not only prevents you from doing business, but it can also be a safety concern. It is important to take action immediately when you first spot signs of a commercial water damage. 

Most problems can be prevented when the cause of the loss is found sooner rather than later. In this blog, we will talk about the most common water damages in commercial properties and how to deal with them. 


Windows may not be properly sealed which can allow for moisture to seep in. This can cause warped wood and drywall. Checking and resealing windows is important as caulk can break down over time. 


Broken pipes can come from many reasons. There may be deteriorated supply lines and drains. Cold weather can also cause pipes to freeze and burst. If bulging walls, water stains on walls or floors, cracked or loose tiles, or a musty smell are detected or seen, these are all signs of water damage. Detecting leaky pipes can be difficult and usually will require specialized water leak detection equipment.


When gutters are not properly cleaned, they get clogged causing water to leak into the property through the roof or foundation. poor drainage systems can also lead to water damage in the foundation. One common sign are puddles near the foundation or framing that has become wet. 


Exposure to heavy rains and snows can make a roof vulnerable to damage and leaks. Leaks can also be caused by incorrect snow and ice removal. A leaky roof can then cause ceiling damage, mold, or mildew. It can also become a fire hazard from shortened wires and compromised structural integrity. 


Your HVAC system is a network of ducts that carry heated and cooled air throughout the building. This system needs to be cleaned regularly, and excess water from reservoirs has to be removed to prevent water damage. These ducts can also wear out over time and get damaged resulting in leaks.


If you hear gurgling sounds or see water backing up out of a drain or toilet, you should call a water damage professional (SERVPRO) immediately. Sewer water is vary dangerous and contains bacteria and pathogens that can cause illness and infections. 


Regularly inspect your sprinkler systems for leaks and moisture. Sprinkler system leaks can be identified  by wet surfaces like drywall and carpet, the presence of mold and mildew, and standing water. 

Water damage in commercial buildings is a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Call SERVPRO right away because fixing the root of the problem should stop it from getting worse. 

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