Common Types of Water Damage
Here are the common causes of commercial water damage:
In your commercial building, water damage is often caused by windows that are not properly sealed. This will allow moisture to seep in, this is a start to a lot of problems including mold. Checking your windows regularly is important as caulk can break down over time.
Broken pipes can happen for many reasons, such as changes in pressure, deteriorated water supply lines and sewer drains, and cold weather. Bulging walls, water stains on walls or floors, cracked or loose tiles, and musty smells are all signs of damaged pipes. Detecting leaky pipes is challenging and it usually requires some specialized water leak detection equipment. However, finding the problem and fixing it, will save you in the long run.
If gutters are not cleaned regularly, they can get clogged, causing water to leak into the property through the roof or the foundation. One of the most common signs of leaks in building foundations are puddles nearby or framing that has become wet. Poor drainage systems can also lead to water damage in your foundation.
A leaky roof can cause ceiling damage, mold and mildew issues, fire hazards, and will also compromise the structural integrity of your building. Exposure to heavy rain and snow can make your roof vulnerable to damage.
Water damage in your commercial building may prevent you from doing business but can also put the health and safety of your employees at risk. The moment you spot signs of commercial water damage, it is important to act immediately. Calling SERVPRO of Lane County is a great first step.
Commercial water damage restoration is often more complex than residential water damage restoration, and usually requires a more intensive approach. The size and structure of commercial buildings, the extent of damage, the varying uses of space, especially in multi-tenant buildings, and the number of occupants all affect the restoration process. Aside from these, there is usually always a time constraint for the job because business must continue as soon as possible.
While some water damage issues are inevitable, most problems can be prevented when the cause of water damage is found earlier.
HVAC systems work by heating or cooling the air through a series of ducts. Over time, these ducts wear out or get damaged, resulting in leaks. These systems can leak for a long time before signs of water damage show up. The HVAC system needs to be cleaned regularly and the excess water from the condensation reservoirs needs to be removed to prevent water damage.
Sewer water contains bacteria and other pathogens that cause illnesses and infections. If you see signs of sewage damage, such as gurgling sounds or water backing up out of the drain or toilet, you should call SERVPRO of Lane County immediately.
Other causes of water damage in commercial buildings are leaks in sprinkler systems. Signs of sprinkler leaks include wet surfaces like drywall and carpets, presence of mold and mildew, and standing water. Regularly inspect your sprinkler systems for leaks and moisture.
Do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Lane County for any commercial water issues you might have. 541-345-0115