Commercial water damage restoration can be an expensive and complex process that negatively impacts a business’s operations and profits. Most water damage in the workplace can be prevented by taking simple precautions and recognizing the following common causes of water damage.

Damaged windows

If windows are not properly sealed, moisture can easily seep in and cause mold build-up and warped drywall and wood. It’s important to reseal windows regularly to keep the indoors dry. Conduct an air leak test to find cracks and gaps that need to be sealed.

Damaged pipes

If you notice water stains on the walls or floors, cracked or loose tiles, bulging walls or a musty smell, then you’ve likely got damaged and leaky pipes. Pipes can be damaged by cold or freezing weather, changes in water pressure, or deteriorated water supply lines and sewer drains. Reach out to a professional to identify the damaged area and replace the pipe.

Sewer clogs

A sewer clog is likely the reason for gurgling sounds or water backing up out of the drain or toilet. If you notice this happening in the workplace, contact a professional water damage and restoration professional immediately. Left ignored, a sewer clog can also cause illnesses and infections.

Leaks

Wet drywall and carpets, mold and mildew, and standing water may be signs of a leak in the fire sprinkler system. Leaks in the system may be caused by equipment failure, corrosion, damaged parts, and freezing temperatures.

HVAC issues

A commercial HVAC system sees greater use than a residential system and therefore needs extra attention and maintenance to prevent water damage. A commercial HVAC system should be cleaned regularly and excess water should be removed from the condensation reservoirs.

Staying Dry and Preventing Damage

It’s much easier and less costly to take steps to prevent water damage than to pay for restoration. Here are a few tips for preventing water damage in the workplace:

Schedule inspections regularly

Hire a professional to inspect the building’s plumbing system and take care of repairs.

Create a flood monitoring system

Train employees to recognize signs of flooding and to respond appropriately.

Invest in facility maintenance

A thorough maintenance plan will help prevent major water disasters. Create a checklist that includes checking doors, windows and gates for signs of water damage.