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Common Water Issues for Businesses
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For a commercial property owner, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.
1. Pipe Breaks
A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.
2. Plumbing Backup
Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from a number of things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.
Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst altogether. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional about what preventive measures to take.
4. Foundation Cracks
Foundation cracks can also become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.
Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.
Sprinkler Water Damage
A fire in a commercial business or a property managed real estate complex can be devastating, but when you add in the additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Businesses and apartment complexes cannot afford to close for a day; it affects the lives of many different individuals. SERVPRO of East Memphis offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.
Using SERVPRO of East Memphis commercial services is like a one stop shop. Continuing with the example, if a fire burns through a commercial business and the sprinkler system turns on, there are going to be both fire and water damages. SERVPRO’s commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO is able to simultaneously treat fire and water damages. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they do not need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are essentially a liaison between insurance companies and clients.
Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make it “Like it never even happened,” with their residential and commercial services. For questions regarding SERVPRO of East Memphis’ commercial services, contact the office at 901.382.0900, visit the website, or message them on Facebook!
3 Facts About Category 1 Water Damage at Your Business
Commercial water damage in Cordova, TN
Experiencing water damage at your Cordova, TN business can be stressful, especially when it affects equipment and inventory. Many water emergencies are the result of a plumbing mishap and are graded into different categories. A Category 1 water emergency originates from a clean water source; however, there are a few facts you may want to be aware of to ensure proper cleanup.
Water Appliances Are a Common Leak Source
When a Category 1 flood occurs, the origin point is usually an appliance that dispenses water, such as a breakroom sink, an automatic ice maker or a water cooler. Supply line leaks and breakage are often responsible. You can stem the flow of water by shutting off the main water supply valve and sealing off the area until help arrives.
Sanitary Water Can Degrade Quickly
Although Category 1 flood events have a clean water source, such as a broken pipe in your restaurant’s kitchen, the resulting standing water can break down rapidly due to bacteria formation, humidity and the introduction of dirt and debris from people’s shoes as they attempt to clean up the mess. It is a good idea to call in a flood damage and remediation service as quickly as possible to prevent water stagnation.
Mold Growth May Still Occur
Unlike Category 3 water, which contains toxins and unsanitary debris, Category 1 can be simpler to deal with in terms of cleanup efforts. However, it is important to remember that mold growth may still occur days to weeks later if the area is not properly cleaned and dried. Mold grows in humid, moist areas and can flourish undetected behind drywall and underneath carpet padding. Ask your remediation technicians about how to prevent this issue and whether your building is vulnerable after a Category 1 flood.
Clean water flooding at your Cordova, TN business may not seem too serious at first. However, there are a few dangers connected with such an event, and knowing what to expect can help you protect the future of your commercial building.
How To Create a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Business
Plan your evacuation route
How to Create a Contingency Plan
Very few people expect to see their commercial property engulfed in flames. Virtually no one expects to see a grease fire in the break room, either. No matter what size fire occurs at your place of business, having a contingency plan in place can help save lives, valuable records and equipment, and money. Here's how to make one.
1. Assign Roles
Delegating tasks and responsibilities now, when things are calm, can reduce the confusion and chaos that often accompany an event such as an office fire. Consider assigning roles such as the following:
Fire extinguishers who use the actual fire extinguishers to snuff out small blazes
Get-out guides who keep exit routes clear and make sure everyone is out of the building before they leave
Attendance takers who perform a roll call outside to ensure that everyone is accounted for
Having a job to perform, as well as having others to point you in the right direction, may reduce the urge to panic.
2. Plan, Post, and Practice Your Evacuation Route
Obviously, it's important to have multiple ways to exit your building in the event that a fire occurs. Plan these escape routes ahead of time so that your contingency plan can be posted and regularly practiced by all employees. That way, if the unthinkable happens, you and your staff will know exactly where to go thanks to your well-rehearsed evacuation plan.
3. Set Up a Clear Chain of Communication
In a fire, knowledge is power. In order to keep misinformation from spreading, it's often wise to devise a clear communication plan ahead of time. One simple method is to create a chain of command not unlike an old school phone tree, where individuals are tasked with relaying important information to those underneath them on the tree. It's also a smart idea to have a single spokesperson who communicates with the public or news outlets.
A fire doesn't have to spell catastrophe for your commercial property in Bartlett, TN. By creating a contingency plan in advance, you can better protect your employees' safety. After everyone's safe and sound, you can leave the fire cleanup to the professionals.
3 Reasons You Need to Replace Your Pipes
Broken pipes can cause a lot of water damage
A Few Reasons to Upgrade Your Plumbing System to Something New
While the plumbing system in your Memphis, TN, building is made to last quite a while, whether it’s made from steel or polybutylene, it certainly won’t last forever. It may cost some time and money, but it is a good idea to have these replaced occasionally. Here are a few reasons to upgrade to something new.
1. They Are Old
One obvious reason to have your pipes replaced is simply that they have gotten old. Even the most sturdy system will deteriorate over time. How long your system will last before you need to install new plumbing will depend on the materials used, so it is a good idea to keep this information in mind. Whatever the material, if it has been several decades since your pipes were installed, it is probably time to have them replaced.
2. They Are Damaged
Broken pipes can cause a lot of water damage, so you should have these replaced as quickly as you can. Pipes can break as the result of deterioration, freezing during cold weather or even the growth of tree roots nearby. If your pipes are fairly new, then you will likely not need to replace the whole system and can focus on only the affected area.
3. They Are Made from Polybutylene
If your plumbing system was installed between the 1970s and 1990s, then it is possible it was made with this material. PB pipes were used often because they were easy to install and were relatively inexpensive. However, over time, it became apparent that they broke too easily and could leach chemicals into the water. If you have polybutylene pipes, these will need to be replaced as soon as possible.
While you should try to replace your pipes before they cause any damage, accidents happen, and this is not always possible. If you have suffered water damage to your business, an emergency restoration company can help. They can perform cleanup and repairs to quickly restore your building.
Electrical Equipment and Smoke Damage
Electrical Equipment often gets damaged by Fire or Smoke.
During a fire in a building there is often the major damage of smoke and soot that is easily visible. However, there is another damage that will be almost invisible and hard to detect.
Electrical Equipment Damaged by Smoke
Every electrical item, especially the big ones, have fans to draw in air to cool it and keep it from overheating. During a fire these fans run overtime to keep the machine cool but are drawing in acrid smoke.
The smoke will then leave soot within the electrical item that eventually will eat at the copper and plastics slowly.
When your office or commercial building has a fire give SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova / East Memphis a call and we can asses the damage, do the cleanup, and rebuild any damaged areas from a devastating fire.