Water damage can have detrimental consequences on the running of a commercial property — interrupting business flow, presenting unforeseen expenses, and putting the health and safety of the tenants at risk. And, while some water damage issues are unpredictable, many problems can be prevented when the source is found early. To help you avoid disaster striking, here are some of the most common causes of water leaks to watch out for in your building…

Faulty appliances

Washing machines, refrigerators, and dishwashers that have been installed incorrectly can all lead to serious water damage in your space. Always enlist the help of qualified installers, look out for negative ratings and reviews, and don’t just go for the cheapest option! Make sure you regularly check your appliances for signs of fault — if they’re starting to look like they’ve seen better days, it might be time to upgrade to a newer, more reliable model.

Natural disasters

Heavy thunderstorms and flooding can cause severe consequences within properties — flooding a basement or seeping through the ceiling, for example. And it often takes longer to spot a problem of this type as buildings can be left vacant for extended periods in the evenings and at weekends. It helps to assign someone to take responsibility for your water protection system, with some carefully outlined steps to follow in the event of an emergency.

Leaking pipes

Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week, yet an inexpensive washer is usually enough to stop them. In the event of a leak, a Waterguard detection system will sense a problem and shut off the water supply — preventing any further damage. To avoid repeat occurrences it’s important to locate the source quickly, and call in the professionals if you need help repairing the fault. For more advice on preventing a water leak disaster from striking, get in touch with the Waterguard team today and learn all out about our comprehensive range of leak detection systems.