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4 Common Water Issues in Commercial Buildings

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Air mover around lab counters drying affected area Water damage due to plumbing failure in a commercial facility in Croydon Heights, PA

Four Most Common Water Issues

Every property comes with its own quirks. Your building in Croydon Heights, PA, is no exception. There are a lot of problems commercial property owners need to be on the lookout for, such as a hidden broken pipe or roof damage. Here are the four most common water issues that affect commercial buildings.

1. Fire Sprinklers

If there is a fire in your building, you want the fire sprinklers to work and are likely unconcerned about the subsequent water damage they cause in the process. When they malfunction, though, the unnecessary flooding can be frustrating. If a sprinkler goes off, it can ruin anything in its path:

  • Electronic equipment
  • Furniture
  • Drywall
  • Carpets
  • Ceiling tiles

Regular maintenance and proper usage are vital for avoiding this problem.

2. Broken Pipes

Damage from a broken pipe occurs for many reasons. Pipes can freeze during the winter months, particularly if they are not properly insulated against the weather change. This problem occurs frequently in commercial buildings when the heater is turned off rather than simply turned down at the end of the day to save electricity. The minor savings on the utility bill doesn't compensate for the cost of repairing water damage, though.

3. Toilet Overflow

Public restrooms are frequently the site of water issues, particularly if a sink leaks or a toilet overflows. An overflowing toilet often results in the need for the services of water repair professionals.

4. Supply Line Breaks

Many appliances and fixtures in your building get water from a supply line. When the supply line breaks, leaks or comes loose from the place it attaches to the pipe, it can cause a lot of water damage in a short amount of time. Turn off the water with the knob on the wall and call for remediation help.
Problems such as a broken pipe or leaky toilet are frequent causes of water damage in commercial buildings. With regular inspections and maintenance, you can minimize the frequency with which these issues occur.

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