The problem with water damage in your place of business is that it can do more than just property damage. The water can slow down, hinder or completely shut down your business until remedied, which means time and money lost. In some cases, the water can even damage records, client listings, or even transactions, meaning setting the company back days, months, or even years. That is why it is so important to take steps in preventing leaks, flooding and mold in your workplace.
The three areas of the building that you need to check on consistently are the appliances, the plumbing, and the roof. Here are some ways to lower the possibility of a water hazard within your workplace:
- Read and follow the recommended maintenance procedures for all appliances and equipment. This includes regularly draining a portion of the water out of the water heater to flush out the sediment in the bottom of the tank. (Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.)
- Inspect hose connections on water supply lines to washing machines, icemakers, dishwashers, and other appliances that use water to make sure that they are tightly secured. Have the hoses replaced immediately if they show any signs of cracking or deterioration.
- Schedule a periodic inspection by a qualified HVAC contractor to help keep air conditioner pan drain lines clear of deposits, in order to prevent them from clogging the line.
- Have your plumbing inspected by a professional whenever you suspect a leak or damage to the pipes. Sprinklers, toilets, and sinks that start acting up may have a problem that cannot be seen. The faster you catch the issue, the less chance you have of an internal leak, or mold growth in the walls, floor or ceiling.
- Hire a professional roofing contractor (like us) to promptly repair deteriorated or damaged roofing materials. Gutters, eaves and downspouts should be free of debris. This will allow water to drain freely.
- Adding insulation and ventilation in the attic (yes, businesses have attics!) can extend the life of the roof and reduce the chance of water backing up under roofing. The insulation should be in good shape and attic vents clear.
These are but a few ways to prevent a water hazard in your workplace. Some additional options would be to install an active or passive leak detection system, or depending on your area, the development and its investment in natural disaster protection.
Any way you look at it, whether it’s water prevention or water remediation, we are always available to take your call. Our professionals understand the importance of your business, and it is our mission to get your workplace up and running as soon as possible! We can also remodel your office and get it back to its beautiful pre-flood state (or better!) with our designers and contractors. Our trained professionals operate 24/7 in the Inland Empire area and can respond to emergency situations for immediate quarantine and clean-up. (877) 732-8471