Discovering water damage in your business is a huge headache! It can also lead to structural damage, mold, costly repairs and lost revenue. Use these measures to prevent water damage below to protect your livelihood from floods and freezing damage.
Prevention of damage to indoor water
- Check appliances regularly.
Performs routine inspections and maintenance of all appliances in your business. Pay attention to all appliances that have access to water pipes (refrigerators, ice machines, etc.). Carefully refer to the manufacturer's manuals for appropriate maintenance protocols, cleaning procedures and detergents that can be used safely in the appliance (if applicable).
- Find the water.
The water is a valve that allows you to turn off the water supply to the entire company. The important employees know where the valve is located and how to turn it off in the event of a broken pipe that loses water. If the water supply shuts off quickly during an emergency, your business can save thousands of repair costs.
- Use water detection devices.
Water detection devices are small devices that sound alarms when they detect moisture. These devices enhance the effort to prevent water damage and are much more effective at detecting slow leaks and low humidity levels that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. Consider using them in areas near water heaters, sump pumps, toilets or other high-risk areas.
- Monitor your monthly water usage.
It is not always obvious when a leak occurs in your business. Keep a close eye on your water bill and if you see a large peak in water use, it may be time to investigate if your building has a slow leak.
Outdoor Water Damage Prevention Measures
- Check Outdoor Water Hoses and Insulate External Drains
Disconnect outdoor water hoses from your business and insulate exposed pipes in winter. Standing water can freeze and expand and cause breakage in water pipes.
Read, "7 Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes in an Arctic Blast."
- Maintenance and cleaning gutters .
Clean gutters at least twice a year to prevent puddles at the outer walls. Ensuring that water drains away from the activity during rainbow prevention prevents water from penetrating underground.
- Check the perimeter of the outer wall .
Make sure that the ground around the perimeter of the business is slightly angled towards directing water away from the building to prevent spills in the foundation or basement.
- Maintenance of window seals .
Windows usually need to be replaced every 20 years or so. The best way to check window integrity is during a heavy rain or sleet. If you notice that water changes through the window, it is time to cover around the windows.
- Check and maintain your roof .
Make sure there are no slow leaks in the attic of your business. Slow roof leaks can be difficult to detect but can cause major damage with adverse effects such as mold and mildew. One way to detect leakage is to have it inspected regularly by a professional; this is especially important before the storm season.
- Check sprinkler system.
If you are lucky enough to have some green landscapes, make sure your sprinkler systems are inspected regularly so that they do not leak or spray water directly on your business. This is especially important to pay attention to during the winter to ensure that there are no frozen pipes under the surface of your property.
Water Injury Prevention Resources
Talk to your local Social Security agent for more information on protecting your business or to discuss your insurance coverage options.