Dealing with disaster in your commercial property typically costs you many times more than with a residential building because you are also losing business in addition to dealing with the devastation caused by disaster, no matter if it is artificial or natural. To minimize your business losses, you should be looking for immediate disaster restoration.
Disaster restoration in the commercial space is more complex than residential disaster restoration and therefore, requires a more in depth and intensive approach to handle. Factors such as the size and structure of the commercial building, the extent of damage, the different uses of space, and the number of occupants substantially affect the restoration process. Besides, there are always time constraints because your business needs to reopen as soon as possible.
In this post, we will shed light on the common reasons for water damage in commercial places.
- Damaged/Weak Windows
In commercial buildings, the damage is most often caused by windows that are not sealed properly or weak enough to break with pressure or force of the water during a flood. They let the water flow inside. That’s the point when several problems begin to appear such as mold buildup, infected surfaces, warped wood and drywall, and so on. Thus, if windows in your building are fragile, replace them with stronger ones as early as possible. To ensure that windows are sealed properly, reseal them regularly because caulk can come off over time.
- Damaged or Broken Pipes
Pipes may break due to several reasons such as pressure change, deteriorated water supply lines and sewer drains, cold weather, etc. The easiest signs to identify that there are broken or damaged pipes, is to look for bulging walls, water stains on walls or floors, cracked tiles, and a musty smell.
Damaged pipes themselves can present a problem of water leakage and also contribute to the flood. Thus, if you had broken pipes for some time, consult with a water damage restoration professional rather than just calling a plumber.
- Leaky Roofs
When a roof starts leaking, it can damage the ceiling or give rise to mold and mildew issues. It can also cause fire hazards from shortened wires and compromises the structural integrity of the building. Since roofs are in constant exposure to outside weather including heavy rains and snow, they are more vulnerable to damage. Besides, using inappropriate methods to remove snow can also trigger water damage in roofs.
- HVAC Issues
Almost every commercial building is equipped with HVAC systems that are responsible for heating or cooling the air through a series of ducts. When these ducts wear out over time, they result in leakage. Thus, it is essential that HVAC systems are cleaned regularly and the excess water from the reservoir is removed to prevent water damage.
- Sewer Clogging
No problem can be worse than sewer clogging because sewer water contains bacteria and pathogens that cause diseases and infections. Thus, whenever you notice gurgling sounds or water backing up out of the drain or toilet, you should immediately call a water damage restoration company near you.
- Leaks from Sprinkler System
Sometimes, the sprinkler system in commercial buildings starts malfunctioning and leaking. You can identify it by noticing wet surfaces such as drywall and carpeting. You might also notice mold or standing water nearby the leakage. So you should regularly inspect your sprinkler system.
Whenever you are faced with water damage disaster in your place of business, don’t delay. Call a disaster restoration team immediately that you can trust and rely on.
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