How to Prevent Water Damage at Your Business

How to Prevent Commercial Water Damage

Sometimes water damage is unavoidable. Flooding and other natural disasters are unpredictable and cause a wide range of damages. However, appliances, pipes and drains, and roofing can all play a part in water damage. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take as a business owner to prevent water damage to your property.

Drains & Pipes: Plumbing is a known culprit for causing water damage. Toilets, sinks, and even washing machines can act up and cause flooding. In order to combat potential leaks and flooding from your drains and pipes, remember to prevent grease buildup in your sinks, and keep up maintenance in your plumbing to keep your system flowing properly. Wintertime and extreme temperatures may cause frozen pipes to burst, and a simple ⅛-inch crack in your pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day!

Appliances: Dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, and AC systems are known to break down and cause water damage. More often than not, older appliances tend to break, rust, and cause flooding. It would be a good investment to keep your appliances up-to-date and have them inspected and serviced often.

Roofing: Your roof has a lot of work to do between keeping out the outside elements and keeping the inside temperature-appropriate and dry. Old roofing or missing shingles can cause extreme water damage in the winter. Ice dams can build up and create added pressure on the ceiling. Proper insulation and ventilation in the attic are key when protecting your business from the wind, water, snow, and ice exposure in the cold weather months.

Despite planning ahead, water damage still happens. It is important to understand that water damage gets worse with each passing minute. Damage can include water-soaked carpets and walls, wet furniture and contents, and hardwood floors. Octagon is an IICRC-certified firm and we specialize in:

  • Heat Drying
  • Dehumidification & Drying
  • Deodorizing & Disinfecting
  • Contents Restoration
  • Stain Removal
  • Document Recovery
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Water Extraction

Whatever the problem or damage, Octagon Cleaning & Restoration is available anytime – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – to respond to your emergency and to help preserve your building and contents.