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Commercial Water Damage – Top 6 Causes

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Even though the majority of water damage cases in Arizona happen to homeowners, commercial buildings aren’t immune to this problem. We are all aware how disastrous water damage can be. Commercial water damage can impact your business not only physically but also financially. The best way to remedy the damage is to deal with it as soon as possible. And the first thing you must do in order to remedy it, is to find out what is the cause.

Top 6 causes of commercial water damage

Probably not many of you know, but one leaking faucet can cost about 250 gallons of water each month. Now multiply that with 12 months. When you do the math, you realize how much water you wasted each year. And all because of something as small as a leaking faucet.

Commercial water damage caused by damaged sprinklers

By law, every commercial entity in the US must set up a sprinkler system. This is a regulation to follow so that the building is safe in case of a fire. When the sprinkler system is functioning properly, it will activate when there’s too much heat caused by the fire. However, as time passes the sprinkler system becomes can malfunction and activate even when there’s no fire.

Roof leaks

The roof should protect everything within the building and the occupants from the external elements. As with the sprinkler system, in time, the roof also becomes more vulnerable to rain and snow. These elements can quickly lead to issues like mold infestations taking over.

Malfunctioning HVAC system

In order to maintain the temperature of the building every commercial building should have an HVAC system set up. The role of this system is to keep the occupants comfortable. Continuous operation of the HVAC system may result in clogs or leaks, potentially leading to water damage on the ceiling. It’s important that you regularly clean and maintain the HVAC so it could work properly.

Commercial water damage caused by equipment and appliances

Some commercial building has various appliances such as a water heater, washing machine or air-conditioning.  The biggest problem occurs when these appliances or plumbing sustain damage or break, and nobody notices. Then, during off-hours, they can leak a significant amount of water.

Damaged or broken windows

Windows serve the same purpose as the roof – they protect the commercial space and occupants from the external elements. When they work properly, rain water and moisture can’t come inside. When they break, such as not closing properly, they allow moisture and rainwater to seep through. The amount of water might not be big enough to cause flooding, but it can damage the drywall. When wet drywall will provide a good, moist environment for mold infestation.

Commercial water damage caused by natural disasters

External factors also contribute to water damage in commercial buildings. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, monsoons, heavy rain and thunderstorms can also cause heavy flooding and clogged gutters. When that happens, the rainwater will flow towards the foundation of the building, damaging it and compromising its structural integrity.

Every business owner can experience the devastating problems caused by commercial water damage. Even though there’s no way to eliminate every source of the threat, we are on top of it. Also contacting an experienced water damage restoration service could help you minimize the impact and repair the damage.

If your home or office is already underwater, contact our experts with ASAP Restoration today!