Tired of water damage in your workplace? Here are some ways to prevent it.
Plumbing leakages and other types of water damage can be financially disturbing for any business. When a business is met with water damage, the repairs are costly, which results in lost revenue. If the problem is left unattended, it can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. If your workplace is currently experiencing water damage, it is essential to contact a professional restoration company like ours. That said, the best thing you can do is to prevent water damage right from the start.
Exposed Pipe Insulation
A drop in temperature during the colder months in Massachusetts, especially during the night can freeze exposed pipes. Dropping temperature can freeze the water inside exposed pipes that are barely insulated. Frozen water inside pipes creates pressure, which makes the pipes burst. A leaky water pipe can easily give birth to water damage, which can further result in mold growth. Pipe insulation isn’t that expensive and is available at every hardware and home maintenance store. The more insulated your pipes are, the lesser is the likelihood of them freezing and bursting.
If you want to keep your pipes from freezing, make sure your office’s thermostat is in working condition. The temperature on your thermostat shouldn’t be lower than 50 degrees even if there is no one around. If the thermostat is turned off during the night, the pipes can freeze. Also, stay on top of thermostat maintenance, and makes sure the batteries are checked and replaced on time if it relies on batteries for operation.
Drainage and Gutter Inspection
Sometimes the gutters and downspouts of a building are clogged by leaves and other kinds of debris. When that happens, water damage takes place in the building’s exterior walls. Make sure the gutters and downspouts and checked for debris, and cleaned if they are clogged. Doing so, you will make the water flow away from the building, thus minimizing the chances of water damage.
Clean the Roof
Nothing weakens your roof materials like ice and snow accumulation. Such an accumulation creates ice dams on top of your roof. Ice dams are common in Metrowest MA communities like Framingham MA, Ashland MA, Wellesley MA, and Westborough MA. Never allow snow and ice to accumulate on top of your roof and clean the roof regularly. Regular roof cleaning will prevent structural damage, which oftentimes results in water damage. Also, you must know the load-bearing capacity of your roof beyond which the accumulation can be dangerous and causing further damage.
Sealing the Gaps
Any holes and cracks in your building’s walls and foundation should be filled right away. Properly sealed walls will keep the cold air out while keeping the warmer air inside. To make your building energy efficient, and prevent pipes from freezing, use caulk, sealants, and weather stripping to your advantage. In addition, when the snow melts or during rainstorms, water often leaks into the building and causes water damage.
All in all, water damage restoration can cost you differently depending on a number of factors involved. For personal safety and building safety, water damage restoration is best left to professionals like Service Team of Professionals (STOP).
STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide 24/7 emergency water extraction and restoration of any water damage related issues in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Sudbury MA, Holliston MA, and Marlborough MA. Call STOP MetroWest at 508-753-3780.
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