How to Best Prevent Water Damage to Your Commercial Building
Ensuring that your business is able to run and function smoothly should always be a priority. Water damage can pose a major threat to business operations. If not taken care of immediately, even a minor water issue can lead to invasive and extensive damage such as mold growth and structural damage. Mold has the potential to make the damage increasingly worse, heighten repair costs, and affect the health of you and your employees. There are cases where water damage just cannot be avoided, such as with natural disasters. However, most cases of water damage can absolutely be avoided if commercial property owners take the proper precautionary measures in order to do so. Follow the tips below and do your best to prevent water leaks in your commercial property.
Schedule Routine Inspections
Paying attention to the property that your business is in is just as important as paying mind to the business itself. Make sure to routinely inspect the building’s pipes, plumbing, fire sprinklers, structure, and roof to make sure everything is as it should be or catch potential issues before they worsen. Wear and tear are completely normal and common in any building but should be addressed by a professional when noticed.
Maintain Your Property With A Professional
The more often you have regular maintenance to your property, the lesser the chance you have for any issues arising. While you may not notice any alarming concerns on your own, it does not mean that everything is ok. Leaks and damage can occur in hidden areas, behind walls, and can cause water damage to your property that is also unnoticeable. A professional can find these hidden issues and make sure they are properly taken care of.
Check and Clean Your Rain Gutters
Just as you should around your home, you should constantly check and clean your rain gutters around your business. Rain gutters are designed to redirect excess water away from your property but when they are not cleaned regularly they can get clogged with leaves and other debris causing them to clog and not be efficient. This can cause water to leak into your building either through the foundation or the roof. Water damage that occurs this way can oftentimes extend from your roofing all the way through your insulation, walls, flooring, and foundation. Keeping your gutters clean and free for water to pass through can prevent a major disaster from happening.
Upgrades and Repairs
Consider upgrading your fixtures and pipes to make sure they are able to handle the frequent and excessive usage so that they do not wear out. An inspection by a professional will help to determine what should be upgraded in your building. You need to act fast though because the longer water damage goes unaddressed, the more the damage will spread, worsen, and will likely lead to mold growth.
In the event that you or a professional comes across water damage in your commercial building, you should contact us at SERVPRO of Burlington. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772 We are here for you 24/7 and 365 to assist with water extraction, structural drying, damage repair and more.