Minimize Water Damage Loss for Your Building

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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.
  • Dishwashers.

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.

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