Water heater in a basement

ServiceMaster Advantage wants to ensure that your business or commercial facility remains safe during the wet season. We also know that the best way to combat water damage is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are some of our favorite water damage prevention tips for your workplace:

Appliances

Water heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators and dishwashing machines are the most common reasons why businesses experience water damage. Because older appliances tend to rust or malfunction more often, be sure you monitor them to prevent unknown damage from happening.

plumbing in a business basementDrains & Pipes

Plumbing, toilets, sinks and washing machines are also common culprits for water damage. Grease and gunk buildups in sinks – and lint buildups in washing and drying machines – can cause clogs, which lead to severe water damage. Have them inspected if you haven’t already!

Pipes and plumbing are also subject to freeze and burst during cold weather. In fact, according to State Farm, a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day. When the weather gets cold, be sure to leave your faucets dripping to keep the water from bursting in your pipes.

Roofing

collapsed roofing from a thunderstormOld roofing is more susceptible to the elements and to water damage. Ventilation, insulation and structure in your roofing (and your attic, if you have one) are very important factors in keeping your business safe.

 

Source: State Farm

Photos: eflonBrian Cartoni, David Russo, and Tonamel