The Basics of Keeping Your Commercial Property Dry | SERVPRO® of Hayward
Water, water everywhere! The threat of water damage is a constant when you are a business or commercial property owner. Whether it be from a severe storm or a leaky toilet, any kind of water damage has the potential to be widespread.
Catching every drip or minor leak can help you avoid a large-scale disaster. If your business is a large operation or in a warehouse, it can be that much harder to stay on top of any issues. We explain some helpful ways to avoid water damage below, so check it out.
No one wants to experience water damage, but that is especially true if you are a business owner and rely on being open to serve customers or create your product. Having to close can lead to lost revenue, wages and a costly repair bill.
By being proactive about checking the locations that often are the culprits for water issues, it can help you catch a problem as it occurs or at the very beginning of the trouble:
1. The roof. The roof over your head can lead to all kinds of water issues if it is damaged. Broken or cracked shingles can invite water into your attic or top level and leak its way down your walls and into your floors. A single event like a falling tree can also cause structural damage that leads to a widespread water disaster. It is important to routinely get up on your roof for damage, especially after a severe storm or a wind event. You should also make sure to have a plan to remove snow from your roof after a heavy snowstorm.
2. Bathrooms. Since water is flowing in and out of our bathrooms on a daily basis, these areas need to be inspected often as well. Toilets and sinks can cause a lot of damage without much warning. Even tiny holes or cracks along pipelines can quietly leak and cause a lot of damage. Designate a member of your staff to check your bathrooms often for water issues.
3. Water heaters/HVAC/boilers. Any appliance that uses water to function has the potential to leak. Water lines can get clogged, drains can back up and even a system malfunction can cause the appliance to leak all over the floor. If you notice any mysterious puddles or notice a drop in water pressure from your faucets, have your maintenance crew investigate right away.
Aside from any sort of weather event, most water damage is actually preventable! If you take the time to prepare and investigate issues at the source, you can cut your losses dramatically.
One of the best ways to can minimize your damages is to create a maintenance plan. This helps you stay on top of cleaning, inspections and routine upkeep for your space and equipment.
In addition, having an Emergency Ready Plan for your space can help take out the uncertainty for your team after a water disaster. Our SERVPRO of Hayward team can help you create the best plan tailored to your building’s specific needs and layout.
Timing is crucial when it comes to reducing the extent of your water damage. Shut off all water lines, close off the area and call us right away! Our water damage restoration team will be there right away to help you fully recover and get your doors back open for business quickly.
Experienced water damage in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.