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Why You’re Getting Water Damage

If your business has experienced water damage, you may be in for sticker shock—depending on the extent, the cost for clean up can be well into the thousands of dollars.

The best way you can avoid paying out for water damage is to prevent it from happening in the first place—and address it as soon as possible once it starts. Here’s a few things you should know about what causes commercial water damage.

Appliance Malfunction

According to Consumer Reports, the average dishwasher lasts about 10 years. Homeowners are usually well aware of their appliance’s lifespan. In the office, though, so many people are coming and going—and loading the dishwasher—that it’s easy to lose track of how well it’s working, and how long it’s been working for. The same goes for other appliances like the fridge and washing machines.

What can help: placing a large sticker on the front of the appliance that indicates the year it will likely stop functioning. No need to keep it in a calendar. And no need to throw out your dishwasher on Jan 1, 2020—but you should consider hiring a repair person to double-check that everything is good to go for another several years.

Leaking Roof

If you want to pay for a new ceiling, and potentially a new floor as well, then by all means, allow your roof to fall into disrepair. Discolored ceiling tiles aren’t just unsightly—they’re a sign that water is leaking through to your building. Left unchecked, the results can be expensive. You may need to repair your roof or have it completely re-done—keep in mind that asphalt roof shingles, for example, are typically only good for 30 years at the most.

Broken Pipes

There’s a lot of potential reasons you might experience broken pipes. Everything from sudden changes in pressure to corrosion, to extreme temperatures, can cause pipes to break and flooding to occur. For this reason, it’s important to keep to a proper maintenance schedule for your pipes, especially during the changing seasons.

It’s important to have a professional assess commercial water damage immediately because of the risks it poses, both to your building and to your health. Contact the remediation experts at ECS Carpet Cleaning for more information about how to move forward.

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