Drip, Drip: 5 Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Water damage in the workplace can not only disrupt business but also jeopardize employee health and safety. Therefore, it’s critical to respond quickly if you see indications of commercial water damage.

For commercial water damage repair, a more extensive strategy is necessary. The size and design, the damage, the usage of space, and the number of people all impact repair. Aside from that, the work is typically time-constrained since the company must resume as quickly as feasible.

While some water damage concerns are unavoidable, most may be avoided by identifying the source early.

Commercial Water Damage Causes

There is a multitude of causes of commercial water damage. However, let’s concentrate on the five most common causes of commercial water damage:

1. Roof Leakage

A leaking roof may result in ceiling damage, mold, or mildew growth. It could also become a fire risk from shorting wires and structural integrity that has been damaged over time. Roofs become susceptible to damage from repeated exposure to severe rains and snow. Further, snow or ice removal may result in roof water damage if done incorrectly.

2. Damaged or Broken Windows and Glass Doors

Water damage in business buildings is often caused by windows and glass doors not adequately sealed against the elements.

Damaged windows often allow moisture to leak into the building, resulting in various issues such as mold growth, damaged wood, and drywall, among others. Therefore, it is important to check windows and doors regularly. Resealing of windows and doors should also occur regularly.

3. Building Foundations 

If gutters are not cleaned regularly, they may become blocked. This can allow water to seep into the home via the roof or the building’s foundation. Water puddles or damp framing near a leaky building foundation are two of the most frequent indicators of a problem with the foundation.

Inadequate drainage systems may also cause water damage to your building foundation.

4. Broken or Cracked Pipes

A variety of factors may cause broken water pipes. These could include:

  • Fluctuations in pressure
  • Damaged water supply lines
  • Damaged sewage drains
  • Cold or hot weather

Walls that bulge, water stains on the walls or floors, broken or loose tiles, and a musty odor are all indications of a clogged sewer system. Detecting leaking pipes may be difficult, and it is sometimes necessary to use certain specialist water leak detection equipment.

5. Leakage in the Fire Sprinkling System

Sprinkler system leaks are another common source of water damage in business buildings.

Wet surfaces such as drywall and carpeting, the development of mold and mildew, and standing water are all indicators of sprinkler leaks in a building.

Maintain your sprinkler systems by checking for leaks and moisture regularly.

Water Everywhere Except Where It Should Be

Commercial water damage is a severe issue that requires immediate attention. We’ve discussed how leaking windows, roofs, pipelines, and sprinkler systems can cause water damage.

Buying flood insurance and performing regular property inspections can help avoid water damage.

If you see indications of water damage in your commercial building, contact a specialist as soon as possible. Addressing the source of the problem is the best way to prevent water damage.

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