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Stuff happens, right? Just like we have plumbing and water-related mishaps at home, they can happen at work. And, with the volume of people inside our businesses every day – be it, employees or customers – it’s probably even more likely to suffer a mishap at the office than at home. The truth is, most people tend to be more cautious about things at home than at work. For example, if a toilet stops flushing at work, sometimes people feel embarrassed and leave it – not telling anyone until it’s overflowing and water is rushing into the hallway.
Maintaining your building seems like a no-brainer, but when business is bustling, it sometimes drops down on the priority list. If you see potential signs of a problem – like a roof leak or cracked window seal, don’t wait to have them addressed. The longer you wait to have a water leak problem fixed, the more damage the water will cause. So keep a close eye on your building as a whole, and take notes of any problems you see. If you aren’t sure there is a problem, give us a call and we can use the latest technology to “see” inside walls and hidden spaces to see if there may be a problem within!
This may seem simple, but if you have a business with a lot of employees – or a bathroom used by many, many customers, it is very important to check those bathrooms often! This will help you catch a problem before it gets too out of hand – like a clogged and overflowing toilet, for example. Better to catch it while it’s still contained within the bathroom than discover it once it’s seeped its way into the hallway carpet.
Along these lines, do basic routine checks of bathroom fixtures too. This includes looking into the toilet tank to make sure the flapper is working properly, checking that toilets flush correctly, and looking for any signs of leaks around faucets. It is also wise to periodically make sure the wax ring at the bottom of the tank is intact, as well as the caulk seal around the base of the toilet.
Isn’t this a cause of grief for many companies? There’s always that one co-worker who leaves their dirty dishes in the sink, rotting food in the fridge, and dirty coffee cup on the counter after refusing to brew a new pot. Don’t you wonder what their house must look like?
Anyway, we digress. Just like keeping the bathroom clean and tidy will help prevent a water issue there, so will keeping the kitchen in tip-top shape.
For starters, make sure the appliances are working properly – especially the fridge and ice maker. Also, don’t let the pipes beneath the sink become too crowded out by other things! Make sure plumbing is in good working order, with zero leaks no matter how slow.
If there is a washing machine, be sure to check the hoses for any signs of deterioration, and replace as needed.
And one last note here. Yes, this probably seems like common sense.. however, if something does go awry, make sure you know where the main water shutoff is to your business so you can kill the problem at the source as quickly as possible. Then, give Total Restoration a call. We’ll have you dried out and back in tip-top shape in no time.