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Commercial Water Damage: What Happens If Left Unfixed?

Commercial Water Damage Can Cause This If Left Untreated…

If your business is flooded due to a heavy rainstorm, a broken pipe, or a malfunctioning sprinkler system it’s obvious what to do. You get it dried out and repaired so you can get back to work as quickly as possible.

But other types of water issues are not as easy to spot. It’s the ones that go unnoticed that cause the costliest problems, both in terms of repair and business lost while you are closed for those repairs.

For instance, a leaking roof can cause extensive damage before you know there’s a problem. Water can soak through the ceiling, saturating insulation and drywall. Your electrical system could be damaged. If the water makes it to the floor, the carpet may be ruined.

Appliances like refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, and washing machines, as well as kitchen and bathroom sinks, may have hoses that leak because they are old or were not hooked up correctly.

By the time you discover and stop these leaks, it may be too late to prevent the problems they’ve caused. It only takes a day of leaking water to create conditions favorable for mold to start growing, and once it starts, it spreads rapidly. Plus, water-soaked wood will continue to deteriorate until it’s no longer structurally sound.

What to Do When You Discover a Leak

The longer water damage is left untreated, the more of a financial toll it will take on your business. So, when you discover a leak, you need to act quickly to mitigate the damage.

• Stop the flow of water as soon as you can, even if it means shutting off the water main coming into your business.

• Call the insurance company to find out if your policy covers repairs

• Call a commercial water damage restoration company. They have the know-how and the equipment needed to remove any standing water and dry out damp walls and woodwork. They may even offer mold remediation to stop the mold growth caused by the water.

• If the leak has gone undetected long enough to cause structural problems, hire a contractor to repair them as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Commercial Water Damage

Proactive business owners know one way to avoid costly repairs due to commercial water damage is by preventing leaks from starting in the first place. Some ways to do this:

Have your roof inspected regularly for leaks and replaced when necessary.

Keep up with appliance maintenance schedules. Frequently check the water hoses to make sure the connection is secure, and they haven’t begun to deteriorate with age.

Notice a pool of water on the floor? Instruct employees to not only mop it up but also to see where it came from. The solution may be as simple as making sure a window is shut completely.

Make sure drains in the kitchen and bathrooms are kept free of grease, food waste, and debris to prevent backups that can cause flooding.

Enviro-Master Services Can Help Keep Your Drains Clean

Enviro-Master is an award-winning commercial health and safety company that helps keep businesses across the country clean and sanitized. We offer commercial drain cleaning services to prevent problems caused by clogged drains. Even if the clog doesn’t result in a flood, drain issues, especially in the foodservice industry, can cause unpleasant odors and possibly even health code violations, leading to a loss of business.

Technicians who perform our weekly drain line service inject a special foaming bio-active enzyme into all drains and down drain lines. The foam covers the entire circumference of the interior of the drain system, allowing the bio-active enzyme to digest the food source and drain backup, keeping your drains working as they should.

Contact Enviro-Master Today

If you are a business owner who doesn’t want to worry about a potential flooding problem due to a clogged drain line or a drain backup, contact us today. We’ll provide you will a free estimate for our weekly drain cleaning service based on the size of your business.

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