As the owner of a commercial property you will likely be responsible for maintaining its pipework including repairs if things go wrong. Since most office buildings and businesses remain unoccupied at night and on weekends, the potential for water damage can be very high on these premises.
Detecting Water Damage
Leaks can be caused either suddenly as in the case of bursting pipes, which can be detected instantly, or gradually by a hose or pipe leaking slowly over a period of time. Underground leaks are another common problem. To find out if your business has a water leak look for the following signs.
- Do you hear the sound of running water?
- Are any wet areas or running water visible?
- Can you detect an unusual drop in water pressure?
If you find yourself answering in the affirmative to any of these questions, there is a good chance of an undetected water leak present at your business. Being able to successfully detect a leak at your business will help minimize water damage. Here is what you can do:
- Shut off the main water supply valve to the property to stop further infiltration of water.
- Check dripping faucets, and other water using appliances on the premises.
- Check toilets for silent toilet leaks. High volume leaks can often come from toilets which are hard to detect and are caused by misaligned parts.
- For businesses that use water as part of their daily operations, inspect areas that are prone to equipment malfunction, such as float valves on cooling towers, storage tanks, temperature control valves, and nozzles that are supposed to be kept shut.
- Remove office supplies and contents that are salvageable and transfer to a drier area.
- The next step would be to contact your insurance company regarding damage to property. While there is no industry wide rule dictating water damage coverage on commercial property, different policies provide coverage for certain types of water damage while leaving certain others out.
Types of Water Damage
Gradual leaks can happen due to a number of reasons such as old appliances, HVAC systems, or malfunctioning plumbing. Factors like degradation, wear and tear along with rust can all be contributing factors. And just as damage from a burst pipe can be costly, so can damage from slow and prolonged leaks. Oftentimes gradual leaks are traced to improper maintenance and may have been preventable.
Sewer and drain back up
Water damage can also be triggered by backup of sewers and drains. For commercial sites this can spell disaster especially if the blockage happens overnight or on the weekend and office personnel arrive at work to find their computers, carpets, cabinets, walls and other office furniture ruined by a swampy, soggy mess.
Inclement weather can also cause water damage in a number of ways such as by flooding. Heavy rainfalls can potentially trigger flooding or hail may cause damage to the roof. This can bring about leaks along walls and damage office supplies and furniture lined along walls.
While mostly relegated to colder climates and freezing temperatures, bursting pipes can present significant water damage to businesses. In worst case scenarios, the pipes may be hidden within a wall, ceiling or floor raising the possibility of more extensive damage before the problem may be noticed.
What to Do When You Have a Water Leak At Your Business–Call Tidal Wave Response
All in all, it is important to remember that water damage to commercial locations can be excessively harmful because it can quickly not only damage the building but also the contents inside. Even minor water damage can impact a business’s productivity. Depending on the magnitude of water damage, the water must be removed, the infiltrated areas cleared, and an inventory of losses drawn out. To minimize the extent of the leak, contact water damage restoration experts at Tidal Wave Response based in Atlanta.
With our professional expertise at Tidal Wave Reponse, our team can look after all your water damage restoration needs. We possess the essential manpower and technology to correct problems associated with water damage on commercial and business properties. With one quick call, our Atlanta based staff will respond to evaluate and resolve water damage on your property and be on the premises within 30 minutes or less.