How To Prevent Leaks in Your Commercial Building

Commercial water damage from leaks is one of the most common and potentially damaging issues commercial property owners face, and it is one of the most frequent and expensive insurance claims. When it comes to your business and water damage, even small leaks, if left unaddressed, can lead to serious water damage in a relatively short period of time, including compromising your building’s infrastructure.


Taking proactive measures and flagging possible vulnerable areas will help you to safeguard your commercial property, ensure its longevity and prevent costly repairs in the future. ServiceMaster Restore has prepared the following guide on how you can avoid leaks and prevent water damage and expensive restoration at your commercial building.


Regular Roof Inspections

Commercial property owners must prioritize routine roof inspections, especially after winter and extreme weather occurrences, to identify and address potential vulnerabilities. A damaged or aging roof is a common entry point for water, and early detection can prevent further damage and extensive repairs in future. Engage with a professional roofing service to conduct thorough inspections and address any issues promptly. Timely repairs and maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of your roof and minimize the risk of leaks.


Sealant and Waterproofing Applications

Applying high-quality sealants and waterproofing materials to vulnerable areas of your building is a proactive measure that can prevent water intrusion. Focus on sealing joints, cracks and seams in the building envelope, including windows, doors and exterior walls. We recommend regular inspections and reapplications of sealants to ensure their effectiveness over time, especially in high-traffic, vulnerable or exposed areas.


Proper Drainage Systems

Efficient drainage systems prevent water accumulation, especially in regions prone to storms or heavy rainfall. Schedule regular inspections and cleaning of drainage systems to avoid blockages. Ensure water is directed away from your building’s foundation, to minimize the risk of leaks and water damage. Consider installing additional drainage features, such as French drains, to enhance water diversion capabilities on your property.


HVAC System Maintenance

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can contribute to leaks if not properly maintained. Schedule regular inspections and maintenance of your HVAC units to ensure condensate lines are clear and functioning correctly. Address any leaks or condensation issues promptly, to prevent water damage to ceilings, walls and other building components.


Window and Door Maintenance

Windows and doors are potential vulnerable points in a building's envelope. Regularly inspect and maintain window seals, weather stripping and door thresholds, to make sure they are in good condition. Replace any damaged or worn-out materials. Properly sealed windows and doors prevent water infiltration, especially during adverse weather conditions.


During Renovation or Construction

Leak detection is just as important during renovation or construction projects. Water damage can happen at any time, with certain times and phases of construction presenting greater potential for loss. Increasingly, more and more building owners and project managers are using commercial water leak detectors to protect their sites while under renovation or construction.


In the realm of commercial property ownership, prevention is paramount. Commercial building owners can significantly reduce the risk of leaks and water damage to their properties by adopting a proactive approach to maintenance and implementing the preventive measures outlined above.


Scheduling regular inspections, strategic applications of sealants, and being vigilant in maintaining building components, will contribute to the resilience and longevity of your property investment. Remember, “a stitch in time saves nine,” and this saying couldn't be more accurate in the context of commercial property maintenance.


With over 70 years of experience in the commercial property restoration industry, the experts at ServiceMaster Restore can help you mitigate and restore water damage to your property, should it occur at your commercial building. Our water damage restoration teams are here to help you get back to business quickly. Call us today at 1-800-RESPOND.