5 Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Few things can be more damaging to your business than severe water damage. Unfortunately, commercial structures have so much more space and piping than residential structures that a leak at some point is nearly inevitable. When water damage does happen, you want to diagnose and repair it as quickly as possible. This means understanding the different sources of water damage. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common causes.

A Damaged Roof

If you’ve noticed signs of water damage on your ceiling, there is a good chance your roof has sustained water damage. It could be due to inclement weather or maybe just wear and tear causing loose or broken shingles. Whatever the cause, it is important to have your roof repaired before it causes any further damage. In addition to having your roof repaired, it is essential to have any water damage inside your building repaired and deal with any mold issues caused by the leaks. If the damage is not dealt with, a serious mold issue could occur.

Sinks and Toilets

Toilets and sinks can easily cause water damage in a number of ways. If they overflow and the water is not cleaned up promptly and thoroughly, water damage could result. Leaky toilets or sinks can also cause damage as the area around the leak can stay consistently wet, causing increasing water damage. It’s crucial to keep up with maintenance on sinks and toilets to avoid water damage and to promptly deal with any damage that has occurred. Failing to deal with water damage can lead to more costly repairs as well as mold problems.

Burst Pipes

Most businesses are probably going to have a burst pipe at some point since commercial buildings have more pipes than most residential structures. So, you need to make sure you are ready to deal with the problem.

If you have a pipe burst, be sure to immediately shut off the water. Then, shut off the electricity for your business, and check to see if the wiring was exposed to water. After this, take pictures of the entire area and any damaged objects. These could be useful for showing to your insurance company.

Once you take the pictures, you’ll want to move any objects in the flooded area to a dry space, so they can start to dry out. Then, you should call your insurance company, so you can find out what you need to do to get your claim filed. Then as soon as you’ve worked everything out with your insurance company, you should arrange to have a water damage restoration company come in and deal with the damage.

Natural Disasters

A natural disaster is not something you can really plan for. But, when damage does occur, you can try to deal with it as quickly as possible to try and limit any further damage. Since these situations often cause serious damage, you’ll want to be sure to get help from a water damage restoration company.


Windows often start to leak as they age, and this can cause moisture problems. It may not even seem like enough moisture to cause a problem. But even a tiny amount of moisture can cause problems over time. Mold could build up and cause problems for your building and your health. So, it’s a good idea to fix your windows as soon as they start to leak.

Final Thoughts

Commercial water damage can be caused by numerous issues, including natural causes, structural decay, and accidents. It is important to understand the cause of the water damage so that it can be solved quickly before damage reoccurs.

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If your commercial structure has suffered from water damage, call the restoration experts at Restore Pro. Our professional team has more than twenty years of experience restoring structures to their pre-loss condition. Call us at 1-800-847-0114 and connect with us on Facebook.