Tips for preventing water leaks at your business, What to look for!
Suffering a water loss at your place of business can be devastating!
Water remediation takes time and you may find yourself having to send your employees home for the clean up and very often the business has to shut down for the duration of the drying process.
This can be very costly to business owners, not to mention the likely damage to important records, files and equipment.
There are some things that you can do to give yourself the upper hand in preventing a leak:
Firstly, knowing where potential leaks could occur in your business is very helpful in developing a checklist of areas to be regularly checked.
Roofing is an important place to start.
Check for missing or damaged roof materials often.
During the Winter months be sure to check for ice dams as they will allow water to leak into your roof and attic space. Having adequate insulation will help extend the life of the roof and help prevent ice dams.
Exposure to the winds and rains of Summer storms and the wind and snow of Winter storms means that your roof is ALWAYS under attack by the elements.
Appliances are another place where water often leaks.
Appliances such as air conditioning units, water heaters, refrigerators, dish and clothes washers. Any appliance that has water hooked up to it.
Appliances should be kept up to date, over time appliances become less effective and where there is water, rust will occur. This will cause a breakdown of the appliance, leading to leaks.
Checking pipes and drains on a regular basis is critical.
Pipes should be wrapped if they are on outside walls that are exposed to the cold. A pipe that has burst can leak hundreds of gallons of water in no time!
Know where the main shut off valve is for the water!
Drains should be regularly checked as they can clog easily leading to overflow and leaks. Make sure to check all hose connections.
Having a regular maintenance schedule will help keep you on top of these things and help prevent a disaster!
Having an Emergency Ready Profile is a great tool to have in your arsenal!
If you would like some help setting up an "Emergency Ready Profile" for your business, call us today at 603-298-6942.
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