Water damage to a commercial property can shut down businesses for days at a time. Knowing what causes water damage can help to prevent it. Here are five common causes of water damage in a commercial building:
- Damaged Appliances
In commercial buildings that house restaurants, it is more likely to have appliances that use water. This can be a refrigerator, dishwasher, etc. If any of these appliances fail, they can leak significant amounts of water, causing water damage. Check these appliances regularly for problems that could lead to water damage.
- Backed Up Sewer Lines
Most commercial buildings have one or more bathrooms. If the sewer lines from these become backed up, it could release contaminated black water into the building. Not only does this create water damage, but it ruins furnishings and can cause health issues. Plumbing should be regularly inspected to ensure the pipes do not back up.
- Malfunctioning Sprinklers
Buildings with sprinkler systems working in conjunction with the fire protection system must worry about those sprinklers malfunctioning. If this occurs they could spray water all over the building, doing substantial damage. Check the sprinklers and replace them if they are outdated.
- Broken Pipes
Old or cracked pipes can suddenly burst, sending water spraying throughout the building. This can cause water damage in the walls, ceiling, and flooring. Have the pipes check by a plumber regularly so they can find cracks, broken seals, or worn out pipes and replace them before they burst. Some older buildings might need to completely replace the plumbing.
- Extreme Weather
Flooding can be an unexpected cause of water damage to commercial buildings. Weather is one aspect that cannot be controlled, but businesses can take steps to protect the property as much as possible from flooding.
Even with all of the precautions in the world, water damage can still happen. If it does, contact the restoration team at American Cleaning Service. We will dry out the water damage as quickly as possible to get the business back up and running.