By Jamie Shelley
Water plays a role in many business environments in Tennessee. From a lobby water fountain to full kitchen facilities or laundry rooms, water lines and drain pipes run through your site’s internal structure. A small leak or drip can slowly create water damage at any commercial site. Other causes include groundwater that seeps into your building through tiny cracks, faulty sloping of concrete or other materials around ground-level windows and other openings, and roofing situations that require repairs.
Tennessee business owners and managers should check monthly to ensure no spikes occur in their monthly water usage. Visible signs of water damage include soggy floors, rusty areas on corrugated stairwells, elevated humidity that makes the air feel damp and sticky, and microbial growth problems. Taking care of the water that created these problems is the first step, but a crucial step in regaining control of your site.
Other types of water damage that are not as visible and hidden still require repairs and mitigation. Insulation that becomes saturated with water from any source requires removal and replacement with new materials. Ductwork can also become heavily corroded, allowing air, either heated or cooled, to escape before reaching its intended destination.
Commercial sites with mitigated water damage fare much better in health and environmental standards than they did previously. Water is always changing form, seeking equilibrium, and flowing from one area to another. This permits microbial growth to explode in areas that previously were non-problematic.
Corrosion weakened supports under flooring, and other environmental hazards can cause accidents, increased sick days, and a decrease in employee morale, as well as a negative impression of your business in the eyes of clients and potential customers.
When elevated humidity seems ongoing, finding the water when it is hidden can seem unlikely. Tools and instruments such as hygrometers and infrared sensors quickly determine where these problems lie. Hidden water may exist in unlikely locations.
When encountering such situations, having a professional company with experience and training can be your best line of defense when dealing with commercial water damage.
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