Water heater in a basement

ServiceMaster Quality Restoration wants to make sure that your Charlotte business stays safe from water damage. We know that water damage and other disaster can happen when you least expect it, so we decided to share some of our favorite tips for water damage prevention:

The Most Common Water Damage Culprits in Your Business:

Appliances

Air conditioners, water heaters, refrigerators and dish washers are common culprits for water damage in the workplace. Older appliances tend to break, rust and cause water damage more often. Because of this, make sure that everything that uses water in your facility is working properly.

Drains & Pipesplumbing in a business basement

Plumbing in your business is also a likely suspect for water damage – including your toilet, sink and washing machine. Be sure to prevent grease buildup in sinks and clear your lint vent in dryers. Clogs are very common in plumbing, so be sure that your system is flowing properly.

Also, in the winter, pipes in your plumbing can freeze and burst. In fact, according to State Farm, a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day.

Roofing

Old roofing or missing parts in your roof can cause severe water damage, especially during winter when ice dams can build up and add unwanted pressure on your ceiling. Be sure that your ventilation and insulation in your attic is functioning properly when your business is being exposed to wind, water, snow and ice.

collapsed roofing from a thunderstorm

Source: State Farm

Photos: John AshleyBrian Cartoni, David Russo, and Tonamel