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How to Prevent Water Damage to your Commercial Business

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

As demonstrated by the recent flooding in Toronto and surrounding areas, water can seriously damage property. The cost to fix water damage can be very expensive and in some cases not covered by your insurer. That is why it is always best to take the preventative measures to protect your business property from any sort of water damage. Here are three helpful tips on how to go about protecting your business.

  1. Research information

-           Your municipality’s website might have info on flood and sewer back-up prevention programs whose costs may be tax-deductible.

  1. Sewer back-up prevention

-           Disconnect weeping tiles and install a backwater valve and sump pump

-           Make sure there’s a secondary energy source (battery or generator) for your sump pump in case of power failure

-           Detach the foundation drain from the sanitary sewer

-           Disconnect the eaves troughs and foundation drains from the sewer system

  1. Waterproof building structures

-           Regularly inspect your roof and eaves troughs

-           Regularly inspect walls and windows

-           Check basements for mold, water staining, cracks in the walls and make sure drainage systems are working properly

-           Check plumbing regularly to make sure theres no leaking fixtures/joints, and irrigation systems aren’t spraying water on foundation walls

-           Make sure the fixtures attached to exterior walls are waterproofed, and drain any standing water on the exterior

-           Make sure any inventory is kept off the ground in water/air proof containers whenever possible

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