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There are all different types of commercial buildings, but they can all become victim to water damage. It’s important to keep up on maintenance to ensure your building withstands a full life. It’s better to be cautious about the elements then to have to deal with thousands of dollars in repairs from putting off a leak. A good source to find out if there’s something wrong with your building is to listen to your tenants. The complaints are a good indication that there could be some sort of a problem. If there is complaints about mustiness there could be a mold problem. Frequent problems of water in work stations could be a sign of roof or piping problems.

Roof tops should be inspected monthly to ensure drains are working properly and there isn’t any cracking in the roof. Flat topped commercial buildings are sufficient with vents, skylights, and other building system elements.  These can become problems because the drains are directly over head with can become blocked with branches and dirt be blown around. Making sure drains and other features aren’t blocked or crack this can save you a heaping amount in repairs. Be caution with excessive amounts of rain and snow. Ensure that snow isn’t blocking any drains and rain waters from flowing freely through drains.

Exterior walls of the building are also another entry point for water to come in. Plumping and irrigation systems, exhaust vents, windows and doors are just a few sources for water leaks. Cracks in the wall from the building settling can allow water to seep through. Make sure these types of areas are properly sealed and if you notice water starting to cause a problem and to have it taken care of right away before it cause anymore damage.

Having damaged or improperly sealed windows can lead to leaks. Make sure that windows aren’t cracked or broken. If you notice areas around the windows are damp or there is fogging. This can be an indication that there is a seal problem. If the windows are a part of a wall drainage system make sure that weep holes and openings aren’t clogged.

There are other precautions you should take monthly to insure that your building is in top shape. Inspect plumping draining system to insure their not clogged or damaged. Test basement sump pumps to make sure its pumping out water. Directing irrigation and draining systems away from the foundation can help stop basements from flooding.  Even the most well maintained and operated buildings can experience water damage. Following these tips can help minimize the event of water damage happening to your building.

Updated: January 22, 2010 — 9:12 pm
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