Avoid a Preventable Business Shutdown

Business owners usually imagine water damage to their building will come from rain, floods and storms. Here in Galveston, weather events that can shut down businesses are unpredictable and random. However, many other factors in your physical building can be monitored and even controlled to prevent flooding to your facility, assets, inventory, and retail space. We at ServiceMaster by Century would like to introduce six causes of commercial water damage:  

HVAC Systems

Cooling towers in large buildings move enormous amounts of water. While every building is unique and HVAC systems vary, monthly maintenance of all filters, condensate drains and drain pans will help protect the building in case there’s a flood from the roof.  

Air conditioning units can produce large volumes of condensed water. Not only are external units a problem, but small internal units also have the potential to leak when they overflow.

Failing Water Heater

Water heaters in commercial buildings can crack or lose their seal because of high pressure. This can be dangerous, especially if there are electric fixtures nearby. To prevent leaking or flooding from happening, flush your heater regularly.

Faulty Kitchen Appliances

Your staff break room may contain many vulnerable areas: ice maker, filtered water dispenser, coffee maker, (fancy cappuccino maker), soda dispenser, and more.  Any appliances or equipment that use water could suffer water damage. Have staff routine check your appliances for any signs of wear or leaks. If an appliance fails during off hours, you may arrive at work in the morning and face a water damage emergency.

Neglected Plumbing – Water Pipes, Tanks and Cisterns

Four principal causes of water loss from pipes and tanks are: mechanical damage, corrosion, freezing and overflow. Just like in a home, the plumbing system in a commercial business can fail. A broken pipe can result in major water damage in just a few hours. At least once a month, do a quick visual scan of your business’s plumbing; the best way to prevent major plumbing issues is to resolve minor issues fast.

Sprinkler systems  

By law, all commercial properties must be equipped with an overhead sprinkler system. However helpful they are, anytime there is a fire and the sprinklers activate, there will be water damage. Alternately, the sprinkler system can malfunction and activate on its own. Check your sprinkler system to make sure that it’s not faulty or in need of repair or replacement.

Leaking Roofs

One of the more obvious ways commercial buildings suffer water damage is through an old or leaky roof. Inspect frequently and reseal as needed. Be sure the roof drains properly. Even small leaks should be fixed immediately.

Check roof gutters and downpipes are clean and free from obstructions; if gutters overflow in storm conditions the water must be discharged away from the building.  

Emergency plans

As part of a Business Continuity Plan, make emergency plans for such hazards as fire and water damage events. The best way to protect your business for commercial water damage is to work with experts.Educate yourself about flood insurance benefits, costs, and options through your insurance agent.

Take steps now so you can quickly resume operations should a flood or other hazard damage your property. The Plan should include a list of the following contacts and should be kept in a safe and readily accessible location:

  • The fire brigade or appropriate service for pumping out
  • Plumbers and electricians
  • Water damage restoration team capable of commercial size projects
  • Your insurance brokers  

When it comes to your commercial property, you want to reduce your losses and quickly get back to business. ServiceMaster Restoration by Century will respond immediately to 1) inspect and do and assessment 2) remove water 3) apply antimicrobials onto affected areas. Then, the drying is a coordination of air movement, dehumidifying and drying.

The extent of the water damage and the type of water determine the best water damage restoration method to use to restore your business. ServiceMaster Restoration by Century handles all types and sizes of water damage restoration. A quick response ensures your water cleanup is done quickly and effectively, reducing your damages and returning your business to pre-loss condition quickly.