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Calgary Commercial Water Damage

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings are not free from the dangers of water damage.

When speaking with local Calgary business owners and property managers in regards to potential water damage situations, the knee-jerk reaction is to picture a massive storm, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days to weeks. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods, which we saw in 2013, but living in Calgary storms of that degree are very rare.

However commercial water damage in Calgary can happen all year but is usually focused in the fringe seasons, when the weather switched from hot to cold and vice-versa, and it can drastically affect the operation of your business. Here are some of usual culprits of water damage to commercial buildings. 

  1. Faulty sprinkler systems 

Some offices and retail buildings still have old and outdated sprinkler systems that work together with fire protection systems. When a fire happens, these sprinklers are very useful in limiting damage, but they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are defective or in need of replacement.

2. Damaged equipmen

This cause of commercial water damage is more common in businesses that use appliances and equipment that make use of water, such as restaurants. If the appliance fails and sends water throughout your building, you will face a water emergency. This can be extra damaging if it occurs after hours and is left alone for long periods of time.
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 

Just like in a house, if the plumbing system in your property fails water damage could be the result. Bursting pipes are a regular occurrence in Calgary with our fluctuating weather patterns that can result in pipes freezing and thawing out rapidly.
4. Sewer Backups  

One last cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise, is the sewer backup. Should the sewer or sump pump to your building back up or become damaged it can result in Black Water rising into your building. Contaminated Black Water can cause adverse health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO of Calgary South has certified IICRC technicians that specialize with this type of water damage.
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Calgary South will get you and your business back up and running again. Call us anytime at (403) 255-0202!

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