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Many commercial structures have a larger volume of water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines, and at a higher rate of water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is also greater than a typical residence. Commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls, or windows are commensurately greater in number.
Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators, and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage; like the growth of mold, maybe even more problematic due to the larger occupancy of the business or commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivities are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.
Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:
- Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
- Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water. Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require the evacuation of the premises.
- Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms that produce flash flooding, rapid snowmelt, or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
- Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics, and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.
For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and prevention of secondary damage such as mold growth, contact the SERVPRO of Burlington/ Middlebury at (802) 497-1101.