Minimize Water Damage Loss for Your Building
Water intrusion sources, both external and internal, are a huge threat for the owner of any building, including a residential home, apartment and/or condominium. This checklist provides advice to help reduce exposure to issues related to water damage.
Major sources of water leakage that can cause significant damage include the following:
- Washing machine water supply hoses.
- Water supply lines feeding ice makers.
- Hot water heaters.
Other examples of building water intrusion sources are as follows:
- Plumbing – Piping and drains.
- Plumbing fixtures – Faucets, toilets, sinks, shower valves.
- Equipment – Garbage disposals, sump pumps.
- Mechanical systems – Heaters, air handlers, evaporators, chillers, pumps, tanks, boilers, refrigerant lines.
- Fire sprinklers – Piping, sprinkler heads, control boxes, standpipes.
- Damaged roofing materials or other building materials.
- Clogged roof drains or gutters.
Building owners and condominium boards should consider a prevention plan that can significantly reduce water damage potential. First steps should include:
- Replace washing machine hoses with steel braided hoses that can reduce water “bursts.”
- Replace the water line for ice makers with reinforced stainless-steel flexible lines.
- Inspect around your dishwasher and around the hose connection for signs of leaks. Make sure power is off before inspecting, or call a plumber if you suspect a problem.
- Make sure water shut off valves are accessible and that they work. Consider installing quarter turn shut off valves.
- Replace any hot water heater that is greater than 10 years old.
- Regularly clear roof drains and gutters to prevent clogging, especially before the rainy seasons. Consider installing gutter screens to help prevent leaves and debris from clogging the gutters.
- Encourage residents to shut off the water to their units when leaving for extended periods.
Complete the below checklist to help create a plan to protect your building from water damage.