Commercial Water Damage
If there is one thing business owners can’t afford, its service disruption. Anytime you cannot serve your customers as expected, you can be sure some of them will go straight to your competitor. A number of them might never even come back.
So anything that can interfere with your business processes, slow them down, or grind them to a halt must be dealt with quickly and precisely. This includes water damage.
Commercial water damage can happen anywhere, including:
- Office and corporate buildings
- Industrial spaces, including warehouses, processing plants, and factories
- Retail stores and brick and mortar businesses
- Hotels and hospitality businesses
- Public institutions
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Causes of Commercial Water Damage
1. Damaged Roofing Components
The roofing system is one of the most essential components of any building, commercial or otherwise. Any damage to the roof can lead to water intrusion at some level at one point or another.
Major roofing leaks are easier to spot, while slow leaks might go undetected and slowly damage your building over time.
2. Plumbing Leaks
Damage to pipes, toilets, sinks, and baths in a building’s water supply and drainage systems is a sure path to water damage.
Damaged pipes come about in different ways, including freezing temperatures, pressure changes, and declining water supply lines.
This water will pool near the damaged system or, in the case of pipes, seep into walls damaging them, forming stains, mold, and a foul odor.
The toilets in high-rise residential buildings are another common source of water damage in commercial buildings, thanks to the stacked plumbing. As a rule of thumb, inspect the hoses regularly, and have them replaced every 3 to 5 years depending on their quality, conditions, and manufacturer’s guidelines.
3. Foundation Problems
Poor drainage systems around commercial buildings and compromised foundations commonly contribute to water damage.
A properly done building should have gutters to lead water away from the structure. It should also be waterproofed to bar water from seeping in.
If the seepage does occur, you will begin noticing cracks in the foundation. Once the foundation of a building is compromised, the safety of the building is in jeopardy.
Effects of Commercial Water Damage on Businesses
While water damage can cause some aesthetic damage to your office and structural damage to the building, it can also wreak havoc on your business operations.
Here are some ways in which commercial water damage affects a business:
Stock and Asset Loss
Water damage in your premises can compromise whatever is housed therein. This includes inventory, machinery, work documents, vehicles, furniture, and fixtures.
You can have some of these restored, while others will require replacement which can strain your business finances.
Poor Employee Health
One primary risk of slow water damage is that it can go undetected for long periods. When this happens, the water slowly damages the structures and items it comes into contact with.
It also creates a damp, musty environment, perfect for mold and mildew growth. Aside from structural damage, mold, and mildew negatively affect air quality.
As a result, your employees become more susceptible to headaches, sinus congestion, dizziness, persistent coughs, wheezing, nausea, allergies, and a host of other respiratory issues.
In other words, bad indoor air quality directly affects productivity.
Continuous exposure increases employee sensitivity, causing even more severe reactions to mold exposure. All these issues mean two things: sickness and absenteeism. Both of these affect your productivity.
Additionally, Absenteeism also negatively affects employees that have to take on extra workloads to cover their colleagues. The negative outcomes of this include low moral and burnout, which also affect productivity.
Some water damage is severe enough to warrant businesses to shut down for days or weeks.
This closure means a lack of business for the duration of the closure. As this goes on, salaries and overheads are still being paid out, but without money coming in. This affects profits.
The other effect of downtime is that some services and products can’t wait, so your customers will seek them from your competitor.
Unfortunately, you are not guaranteed that they will return to your businesses once you reopen, meaning the downtime might cost you some of your customers.
Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services
If the worst happens and you suffer water damage, you need timely expert assistance. Vetted Los Angeles Restorations partners with local companies who have state-of-the-art tech, manpower, and the know-how to get your building back to what it was.
Not just that, but we understand how important your customers are to you. As such, our partners are happy to fix your water damage when it least interferes with your business, be it after hours or on weekends. Sounds great? Call us for a quote now!
We can help you with all types of water damage, including basement damage, crawl space leaks, sewage, appliance leaks, flash floods, and more. Our services list:
Our Services Areas
Besides Los Angeles, we also cover:
- Long Beach
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