The expert technicians at ServiceMaster Advantage want to ensure that you have the knowledge you need to keep your facility protected against water damage. However, failure to prepare is preparation for failure when it comes to commercial water damage. Our water damage experts shared a few tips to help prevent widespread damage and address any developing problems to your building if a disaster takes place.
Preventative Maintenance Matters
You can avoid expensive leaks before they develop into major headaches by performing regular maintenance at your facility. The more proactive you are about maintenance, the less likely your business will be forced to close its doors or work in a limited capacity until the water damage is adequately addressed. The following are some easy preventative maintenance measures:
- Inspect pipes regularly for leaks and/or moisture buildup.
- Upgrade pipes, faucets, and fittings that are old or that may pose a potential risk to your commercial property.
- Regularly inspect your appliances, including water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, and any filtration systems in your business.
- Inspect gutters around your building for clogs and proper drainage
- Ensure that your entire roof is intact. One small leak may be indicative of more leaks that you may not be able to see.
There’s No Such Thing as a “Minor” Leak
Even minor existing leaks can lead to major problems. When problems are left unchecked, minor leaks can grow over time and spread – often occurring long after someone has forgotten about them. With this in mind, it’s important to address any minor leak or malfunction as if it were a major problem.
Don’t Rely on Insurance to Cover All Damages
While some insurance policies are designed to cover sudden water damage, there may be certain exclusions that apply to your business. For instance, a standard commercial insurance policy usually does not cover flood damage unless you added a rider to your policy for this reason. For this reason, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your specific insurance policy to ensure you have ample protection when you need it.
Problems May Persist Without Professional Cleaning
Even after the water is removed from your commercial property, leftover moisture can hide in walls and underneath floors. This can eventually lead to mold growth which can weaken the structural integrity of your building. Mold damage can be difficult to address, unless you are aware of all of the signs, you may miss critical indicators that show that water is still present. For this reason, commercial water damage is best left to a professional cleanup company like ServiceMaster Advantage.
Prevent Mold at All Costs
Water damage creates the perfect environment for mold growth. Once water damage has occurred, the presence of deadly black mold can develop in as little as 24 to 48 hours. When inhaled by humans or animals, mold can cause serious respiratory problems, memory issues, fatigue, and even lead to death. Therefore, make it a top priority to take care of commercial damage immediately.
Call The Experts At ServiceMaster Advantage
ServiceMaster Advantage is at your service when commercial water damage disaster strikes. Our trained and knowledgeable specialists deeply understand how to deal with all of the intricacies surrounding water damage restoration and are ready to get your company back to normal quickly. Available 24/7, we’re committed to restoring you back to normal and keep your doors open during the process when possible. Contact us today to learn more!