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Preventing Leaks in Commercial Buildings

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Most people pay attention to warning signs around their home in order to prevent damage but many do not take the same notice at their place of employment.  Here are some things you can do as a commercial property owner/manager/employee that may save your business significant hardship.

Understanding your facility's water system can go a long way to preventing water damage. Practice preventive maintenance with an emphasis on the most common sources for water damage:

Toilet leaks: Whether it’s a broken wax seal or a clogged toilet, these have to be repaired quickly before more damage results. The tank has many moving parts, and these can wear out over time. Proper fixture maintenance in the bathroom can save you time and aggravation in the future.  Periodically check around the toilet for signs of water.  Feel the water supply line to make sure no slow leaks exist.

Ice maker supply line: Ice maker supply lines are common sources of water leaks. If the line is damaged, replace it. If it’s loose, secure it.  Pests like mice love to chew on these hoses so do ignore signs of droppings, get an exterminator.

Foundation cracks: Foundation cracks are serious and should be repaired by a professional. They can allow water to seep into the basement which will lead to mold and significant property damage.

Poor ventilation: Proper attic ventilation is important because it removes moisture from the attic that could condensate, drip, and cause mold growth.

Roots in drain lines: Older facilities have more problems with roots in the drain lines due to the types of materials that were used in construction. Septic systems utilize field lines, and they tend to attract tree roots due to the moisture in the ground.

Common drain issues: Facilities face many issues with drain systems, including slow drains, recurring clogs, a foul odor, or flooding from a backup.  What is being washed down your drains, food, waste products, tampons?  Slowing drains may be a sign of impending trouble.

Staying current on your facility maintenance is the best way to avoid a potential catastrophe!

If a water leak turns into a big problem in your business, you’ve got the best team in the industry on your side. Contact SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch today so we can get started.

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