Preventing and Recovering From Commercial Water Damage

commercial water damage cleanupWater is something we all need to survive; it is an intricate part of life. However, unwelcome moisture can wreak havoc at your workplace. Free standing water can destroy a company’s building and the contents inside. Not to mention if “water” comes up from the wrong place it can create a hazmat situation.

During the spring and summer months, when Houston experience a majority of its rain, poorly maintained roofs can fail. Walk your property. Inspect exterior drainage systems to assure they are not clogged by landscape material or other debris. Doors should be fitted with proper seals and thresholds to keep liquid from entering the building.

However, spray from pipes instead of the sky can also devastate your business. Dangerous drips can destroy carpets and walls; they can ruin inventory and equipment. Proactive measures such as maintaining backup copies of important information off-site, locating electronic equipment away from windows that may weep, and reviewing insurance coverage to verify adequate coverage are topics to discuss with the management team.

Unfortunately, one of the tools you rely on to protect your business can occasionally backfire and ruin your business. The fire sprinkler system must constantly connect to your plumbing system in the rare event of a fire. However, those seldom used pipes and valves can deteriorate and seep water. The attic pipes must be insulated to protect the space above your ceiling. Plan ahead by contacting a qualified fire sprinkler system company and develop written procedure to react to leaks, freezes or power outages.

Work with a licensed plumber to provide an experienced eye on your workspace. Make sure that toilets, flushing devices, and valves are commercial quality to withstand multiple uses per day. Observe the storm and sewer system; install a backflow prevention device to keep an overloaded sewer main from backing up into the buildings drain system.

Preventing water damage tips:

• Check interior walls and ceilings for humidity, stains, and moisture—signs of a potential leak.
• Inspect roof, flashing, and sealants for gaps and damage that can lead to future leaks.
• Walk the building perimeter for cracks and gaps in the expansion joints.
• Make roof and gutter cleaning a regular part of building maintenance.
• Watch for condensation on water lines, A/C vents, and plumbing.
• Create a corporate culture to repair or report damage immediately. Provide employees with simple portal, email or phone contacts for building maintenance.
• Perform annual inspections of water heaters and all related piping. Replace and the end of useful life, before they fail.

And finally, not very likely in Houston but good to review, are tips for frozen pipes:

• Several faucets should be left to drip, so water won’t freeze.
• Cabinets should be left open so that air can circulate.
• Since our outdoor lines are not buried very deeply, they are more vulnerable to freeze. Consider turning off the main supply to the building if you expect a snow day.
Even the best-made plans will not eliminate every threat. When you see or even suspect, water damage, call a reputable restoration company. Allow an experienced team help you prioritize the tasks in order to lessen the harm caused by water and moisture. ServiceMaster Restoration by Century is available 24/7. Call for help today! (832) 460-5535