Preventing Winter Water Damage

water damage 2Water damage in your Saint George commercial property is a huge blow. You could be holding sopping wet dish towels in one hand, and be on the phone with your restoration company in the other. To make sure this tragedy doesn’t happen to you, follow these tips to ensure the safety of your commercial property:

  1. Conduct Regular Inspections

The components of a commercial building are just as diverse and innumerable as its occupants and uses. Unlike residential properties, commercial buildings tend to use many different kinds of materials in construction. All respond differently to ice, wind, snow, rain, and heat. Ideally, Mother Nature’s forces will be kept outside, but sometimes your business doesn’t agree with you. The best way to keep the weather out, and therefore prevent water damage, is to conduct regular inspections. This will minimize the risk of unexpected water damage due to nature.

  1. Get Rid of Outdated Appliances

Ensure that your maintenance team pays special attention to the recommended use of materials. Using HVAC systems near—or beyond—their expected useful lifetime can create a host of problems like leaks, burst pipes, or clogged drains.

  1. Pay Attention to Roofs

Whether flat, pitched, asphalt, or composite, every roof can be a site for water damage. Many commercial buildings are laden with HVAC equipment, and if a leak occurs, it is in the worst possible place—overhead. Many roofs are walked on, catch leaves and branches, and are well acquainted with small animals. These interruptions all combine to make rooftops—especially flat ones—a high-risk area for water damage.

  1. Locate shut-off valves

No business owner thinks they will have to use their shut-off valves…until they have to. Simple, easy preparedness measures like this can be the difference between an extensive restoration process and a few quick hours of repair. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with your building’s built-in safety mechanisms.

  1. Keep Valuable Stock Secure

Even with all the preparation in the world, unexpected water damage can happen. Naturally, the last items you want jeopardized are your company’s critical paperwork, tax forms, or merchandise. Protect these valuables by securing them in tightly sealed drawers that are above ground level.

If you experience water damage in your Saint George commercial property, give Ally1 a call. Putting your business on hold due to water damage means putting your life on a temporary hold as well. We are prepared and trained to handle these unexpected and unwelcome circumstances so you don’t have to.


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