Your Business Needs Water Detection and Monitoring
Water damage can wreak havoc on any business. While we most often attribute water damage to severe storms, there are many other even more common factors that can result in a water problem in a commercial business as well. In fact, seemingly minor issues like small leaks have been found to cause much greater damage than natural disasters, as they happen more frequently and usually remain unnoticed for an extended period of time. No matter how far we try to remove it from our mind, the reality is, water’s capacity to inflict severe and costly damage looms over every business.
It is More Serious Than We Realize
It is easy to dismiss the potential for water damage because it seems far less threatening than other problems common to businesses, such as theft. However, water damage is one of the top reasons for commercial insurance claims. Not only does it result in the need for costly repairs, but it can also result in lost productivity as business operations must come to a temporary halt, and creates potential health risks.
Top Culprits in Commercial Water Damage
HVAC systems, or Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems, often produce condensation that needs to drain. Typically, it is collected in a pan and then expelled through pipes. These systems are finely tuned to the building structure and if the system is not maintained or there are significant structural changes to the building, it can result in a system malfunction or excessive moisture building up in a room. This can cause problems for any moisture sensitive electronics or equipment.
Old and damaged pipes are another common problem in commercial buildings. Often pipe leaks go unnoticed and create damage over a period of time.
Water heaters hold and transfer water continuously and often experience the build-up of contaminants which aid in corrosion. Corrosion often results in leaks.
Damaged or missing shingles or other roof system problem can lead to leaks that can cause the growth of mold, and additional damage to the structure and its contents.
Water Using Appliances
Any water-using feature such as a sink or a toilet, or appliance used in commercial processes is at serious risk of leaking and causing damage.
Protecting Your Business from Water Damage
All it takes is a small leak to cause damage that has a lasting negative impact on your business. The best way to protect your business from water damage is by catching the problem at its source at the earliest possible moment using an integrated leak detection system with monitoring. These systems employ water sensors placed in areas common to leaks or the collection of moisture, an alarm, and an automatic shut-off. A leak detection system can detect the ingress of water in sensitive areas where high-value equipment, information, products, or materials are present. When the system detects water, it initiates the shut-off function, preventing the leak from progressing and causing hidden or lasting consequences.
Take action now to prevent water damage. Call ASI to learn more!