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Common Causes of Water Damage During Construction

2/19/2023 (Permalink)

As a new business owner, the last thing you want is water damage during the construction of your business. However, it can happen if the proper procedures are not followed.  Common causes of water damage during construction include:

  • Improper installation of waterproofing and moisture barrier systems on the exterior skin of a building
  • Poorly glued connections on plastic pipes or improperly sweated copper pipe connections
  • Water accumulations from rain and groundwater are migrating into the building
  • All door and window openings not being covered at the end of each work shift and prior to inclement weather
  • Water lines and mechanical equipment aren’t protected from freezing
  • Sprinkler or plumbing lines that are pressure tested with water aren’t drained immediately following the test
  • Standpipe valves aren’t closed
  • Roof drains being blocked with leaves or debris
  • Sink drains are clogged
  • Storage areas aren’t dry and well ventilated
  • Materials aren’t raised off the floor by pallets for storage controls

Many leak detection systems are available to help prevent water damage by generating an alarm and automatically shutting off the water supply. 

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