If you’re like most business owners, the last thing on your mind is a flood at your place of business – until it happens to you. Unfortunately, Michigan’s unpredictable weather and a variety of other factors can cause significant commercial water damage. This guide explains the most common causes of commercial water damage and what you can do to prevent them.

Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

The most common causes of commercial water damage in Michigan include:

  • Weather and natural disasters
  • Damaged windows
  • Damaged roofing materials
  • Damaged pipes

Here’s a closer look at each, as well as what you can do to prevent or mitigate each one in your commercial business

Commercial Water Damage Cause #1: Weather and Natural Disasters

Storms, tornadoes and floods can cause serious property damage to your commercial building – and though there isn’t anything you can do to prevent them, taking good care of your building’s structure can minimize the amount of damage that occurs when a natural disaster hits.

How to prevent major issues: Have your building inspected periodically, including all its major systems.

Related: How to protect your building’s exterior from summer flooding

Commercial Water Damage Cause #2: Damaged Windows

Damaged windows or those that aren’t properly installed are a major contributor to flooding in commercial buildings. If you know you have a damaged window, hire a professional to fix it immediately.

How to prevent major issues: Invest in high-quality windows (including glass doors) in your commercial space. Work only with reputable companies for installation – and even then, make sure they offer workmanship and quality guarantees.

Related: Should you buy impact-resistant windows?

Commercial Water Damage Cause #3: Damaged Roofing Materials

Even a slightly damaged roof can let in water, which can be catastrophic to your commercial building. Weather events such as high winds and rain can increase damage significantly – and they can force water into your roofing materials, which may lead to significant flooding.

How to prevent major issues: Have your roof inspected at least once a year and after any major weather event or any type of damage. A professional roofer will cover every inch of your roof to ferret out damaged spots and offer you solutions. If your roof is damaged, have it repaired immediately.

Related: The 4 most common causes of leaky roofs in Michigan

Commercial Water Damage Cause #4: Damaged Pipes

Cold weather often results in broken pipes; it can also result in quick changes in water pressure, which can spell disaster for your commercial building. 

How to prevent major issues: Have your plumbing system inspected periodically, and take steps to protect your building’s pipes during winter to prevent them from bursting.

Related: 3 signs of frozen pipes

Do You Need a Disaster Remediation Expert in Washtenaw County or Jackson County?

If your home has already been damaged, we can help. Check out our services and call 734-352-9183 for your free disaster remediation quote today. We offer:

Water damage restoration

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