Water damage issues can affect more than just walls and ceilings; it can also affect your business’ bottom-line. Depending on its severity, water damage can result in a loss of inventory due to a flood or it can even halt your business entirely. It’s important to note that from damaged hose connections indoors to frozen pipes bursting in the winter, water damage issues can occur year round.
To ensure your business is protected and that proper safety measures are put into place, here are some tips to aid in water damage prevention.
Tips for Preventing Water Damage.
- Properly insulate pipes so that they don’t get exposed to our harsh winter temperatures. This helps protect pipes from potentially freezing and ultimately cracking.
- When the temperature drops below freezing, allow both hot and cold faucets to trickle in order to protect against frozen pipes occurring and potentially bursting.
- You can also open cabinetry to expose pipes to warmer temperatures within your place of business.
- If you’re going away over the winter months and plan to close your business down, drain all of your pipes and turn off the water supply to ensure that excess water doesn’t freeze and burst the pipes. Alternatively, maintain the heating to minimize the chance of freezing. This will also help protect your pipes from cracking.
- If your business has a dishwasher, ice maker, or any other appliance that uses water, be sure to check hose connections to see if they are secure and that there is no cracking.
- Regularly check older appliances for rust or leaks. Over time, older appliances can produce condensation which can lead to rust and leaks in supply hoses.
- Regularly check gutters, eaves and downspouts for debris and clean when needed so that water can drain. Also, make sure that your downspouts are extended and pointed away from your foundation and aren’t connected to the sewer system or footing drains.
- Fix any damaged or deteriorated roofing panels or materials so that water doesn’t seep through cracks.
- If your building has a basement area, be sure to install a sump pump to prevent ground water from entering. Be sure to check it regularly to ensure it is properly functioning.
- Take steps to prevent sewer backup such as installing a backwater valve or back flow device, checking and maintaining your sewer lines, and being conscious about what you put down your drains – no bulky items, oil, grease or fat.
If you have any questions regarding the information above or if you would like to discuss your current policy with a broker, our Bullfrog Insurance brokers would be happy to help you out. Bullfrog Insurance also offers affordable insurance coverage on tools, equipment and materials. Contact us today for more information.