Water leaks are often a hidden danger until it’s too late. Homeowners usually find out about them quickly, but for offices, the problem can be more acute as there are regular times when no one is around. For a typical business, a leak starting on a Friday evening may have time to cause extensive damage before being discovered on Monday morning. Our ServiceMaster Restore® professionals have developed some tips to help handle leaks before serious harm can occur.
Signs Your Building Has a Water Leak
Catching early indications of a leak can prevent a trickle from turning into a flood.
Drip, Drip, Drip. This telltale sound is often the first clue that something is wrong. If a faucet continues to dribble water after being turned off or a toilet keeps making noise after completing the flush cycle, odds are there is a problem.
Everyone in your building should be on patrol for signs of a leak. Ask all employees to do a quick inspection of their work area regularly. Wet carpet, damp walls, or a stained ceiling are all likely symptoms a more significant issue. Also, have your staff be on the lookout in the restrooms. Any water pooling around toilets or urinals is a definite sign of trouble.
Don’t Ignore the Pressure:
If the water pressure in your building is acting strangely, there may be a leak. Unusually low pressure is often a warning sign, though fluctuations in water pressure throughout your building could also signify something is wrong.
Even the most vigilant team can use some help. Water leak sensors are a great tool that can help catch problems fast. These devices sound an alarm when they come in contact with water. Deploy them in critical areas where damage will be most severe, such as near sensitive computer equipment or around essential files.
Don’t Panic: What to Do If Your Building Has a Leak
There are a few immediate steps to take if you have discovered a leak in your building
Turn Off the Water Supply
In the case of faucets or toilets, a local shutoff should handle the situation. In more extreme cases, the water supply for the entire building may need to be turned off. A little education now can help stop a more substantial problem later. If you don’t know where the building shutoff is located, take some time to find it before issues arise.
Don’t Try to Fix Plumbing Problems on Your Own
Call a licensed plumber to handle the situation. A small leak can quickly escalate into a more dire predicament if someone without the proper training tries to repair it.
Focus on Any Critical Assets That are Threatened by the
Even business utilizing cloud-based storage often still have some paper files around. Consider what records are kept in your office and move them to a securely dry location. Computer or other electronic equipment must be turned off around water to prevent more severe damage. While not always feasible, try to relocate them as well.
Follow Your Disaster Recovery Plan
All employees should know how the business will operate and where they will do their jobs if your building is damaged. If your company does not have a written plan, now is the time to create one.
Get Back on Your Feet After a Water Leak
ServiceMaster Restore understands that sometimes the unthinkable happens. Water leaks can cause significant damage in a flash. Our expert staff specializes in the recovery and restoration of damaged buildings. We are available anytime to start the process of returning your business to normal operations as fast as possible.