Commercial water damage can be a disaster – and if your business has been flooded or otherwise damaged, the best thing you can do is to get professional help. But what are the most common causes of commercial water damage, and is there anything you can do to prevent these disasters from happening? Here’s what you need to know.
3 Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage
The three most common causes of commercial water damage include:
- Broken or damaged pipes
- Leaking sprinkler systems
- Damaged roofs and windows
Here’s a closer look at each.
#1. Broken or Damaged Pipes
Metal pipes are tough, but they’re not indestructible. One of the leading causes of commercial water damage ties right into broken or damaged pipes. Freezing temperatures, age and cheap materials are just a couple of reasons business owners run into plumbing troubles.
Sometimes there are signs that your building is headed for trouble. For example, you might notice water stains on your ceiling, walls or floors; maybe you’ll notice the dampness or even a musty smell. If you do notice any of these things, the best course of action is to get in touch with a professional plumber who can help.
#2. Leaking Sprinkler Systems
Your building’s sprinkler system is there to keep everyone safe in the event of a fire – but unfortunately, sometimes these systems fail and leak. Just like other pipes, they can cause water stains on ceilings, walls and floors; they might also enable mold to flourish, even if you can’t see any visible water damage. If you suspect your sprinkler system has a leak in it, you’ll want to address the issue first; then, you’ll want to call a mold remediation expert out to test and eradicate the problem.
#3. Damaged Roofing Materials and Windows
Michigan winters aren’t easy on roofing materials. In fact, roofs here don’t have an easy job during any time of year. High winds, heavy rains or even tree damage can cause significant roof damage. Regardless of the cause, roof damage never gets better on its own; you always need to make repairs as soon as possible. Leaky roofing can cause significant secondary damage (like mold) – and it can even compromise your roof’s structural integrity, which can put you and your employees in danger.
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- Water damage restoration
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