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Commercial Water Damage: Protect your businesses from flooding

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage: Protect your businesses from flooding

The maintenance on internal building systems can prevent water damage, and should therefore be inspected. Items to inspect would include some of the following:

Repair Guidelines – Are there rules in place regarding installations by tenants/unit owners that address quality of fixtures and quality of workmanship in upgrading plumbing? Is there a list of pre-approved contractors?

Unit inspections – Regular inspections should include reviews of all plumbing connections inside a unit. Slow leaks should be addressed, along with condensation forming or other evidence of problems to reduce the potential for mold and moisture damage. Inspect radiators for evidence of leaking that has not been reported.

Central Hot water/Steam Heating – Is there proper drainage for the boiler room?

Hot water tanks – Is there a floor drain and/or a dyke to allow for a tank rupture without causing significant damage to surroundings? Are large tanks drained and inspected a minimum every 6 years? Have small tanks been replaced within past 10 years?

Pipe Freezing - Are radiators and piping protected from freezing? If there are areas susceptible to freezing, have supplemental heating and/or antifreeze solutions been used?

Sprinkler Systems – Have systems been installed with flow sensors? Are sensors monitored? Are systems inspected annually?

Water Mains – Are all mains and branches labeled and able to be isolated? Is there a valve diagram chart to allow quick shut-off in the event of an emergency?

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