Commercial Water Damage: Know The Facts

Commercial Water Damage:  Know The Facts

Every commercial building is different, but each one is at risk for water damage. Although there may be safety measures in place to keep your commercial property protected, problems like burst pipes, frozen plumbing lines or backed up drains can't always be prevented.

The experts at ServiceMaster Restore want to ensure you have the facts when it comes to commercial property water damage.

  1. Maintenance may prevent water damage at your commercial facility
    • Schedule an inspection of key areas throughout the building on a regular basis. Commercial water damage preventative maintenance can include inspecting gutters, the roof, plumbing lines and drains. If necessary, have an expert inspect your building once or twice a year to help ensure everything is in proper working condition.
  2. Roof leaks are a common source of commercial water damage
    • Even if the roof is in excellent condition, the likelihood of water damage is more common when it comes to flat roofs. The main reason that flat roofs are more likely to leak is that they are less able to shed water. When water pools it doesn’t have anywhere to go but down, which could easily lead to water finding its way inside the building.
  3. Ongoing minor leaks can lead to major problems
    • Minor plumbing malfunctions can cause extensive water damage if left unchecked. If plumbing is not properly maintained, your insurance company may not cover the costs associated with normal wear and tear.
  4. Different types of water contamination
    • There are three different types of water contamination: white water, gray water and black water. Depending on what type of water it is, the proper clean-up and safety procedures will vary. For that reason, it’s best to leave the clean-up to the professionals.
  5. Timeliness is a necessity 
    • If not taken care of immediately, excess water can lead to costly damage to your building's structure. Waiting to begin water damage restoration can cause carpet deterioration, further damage to furnishings, irreparable water damage to floors and hard to eliminate musty odours . An experienced restoration company understands how to properly extract water to ensure that even hidden moisture underneath flooring or in the walls is thoroughly removed.
  6. Problems may not end when the water is gone
    • Once water damage has occurred, mold can develop in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Excess water, moisture and humid conditions should be taken care of right away to reduce the risk of mold growth. It's important to have a mold prevention specialist inspect your building to ensure mold isn’t growing or spreading through your property.

Call the experts at ServiceMaster Restore

If disaster strikes, contact the professionals at ServiceMaster Restore. We understand how to deal with all the complexities surrounding commercial water damage restoration, and our trained and knowledgeable specialists are ready to get your company back to business fast. Available 24/7 every day of the year, we’re by your side every step of the way.