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Preventing Water Damage in Your Indianapolis-Area Business

Wasserschaden im einem Haus nach Überschwemmung mit Wasserflecken an der Wand

Once the damage is done, Total Restoration is here to help. But we don’t want to be a resource only after the flood or fire, we want to be a source for you to come to for tips to keep your home and business safe and prevent as many calls to your insurance company as possible. Of course, sometimes Mother Nature and fate have other ideas, but there is also a lot of value to be found in prevention.

Plumbing Problem

Most water damage claims come from some plumbing-related malfunction. There could be a clog in a like that causes a leak, overflow, or burst; a frozen pipe that, under pressure, bursts; or simply old plumbing components that fail over time.

It might be hard to believe, but just a 1/8 of an inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day. Gone unnoticed for a weekend or a larger crack is present, and you will very quickly have a whole lot of water in your business.

Keep an eye on your plumbing and know where problem areas might be. Pay attention to slow flushing toilets or bubbling, and don’t hesitate to call in a professional to investigate if you suspect there is a problem somewhere in a plumbing line.


A failure in your roof can happen year-round in Indianapolis. It could happen during a heavy summer rain, or get weighted down by an ice dam or heavy spring snow. Make sure your roof is in good condition, and any leaks are dealt with quickly and effectively.

Appliance Malfunctions

There are a lot of appliances that can malfunction and lead to water damage. For example, a rusted out hot water heater can flood a pretty large area with water very quickly. Older appliances are the most usual culprits, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on refrigerators, dishwashers, and other aging appliances to be sure hoses and pipe connections are still in good shape and the appliance is running properly.

Simple Accidents

Life is busy, and accidents happen! We have seen major water damage done to homes where a single faucet in a bathtub was left to run for hours, and that water overflowed from the master bedroom on the top floor down through the main floor, and into the basement. Through the walls, floor, and all. Sometimes, adults simply forget to turn things off when they’re in a hurry – at home or at work.

Acts of Mother Nature

More than any of these other causes, this is one that you simply cannot control. A thunderstorm could send a tree down on your business, letting in a gusher of rain water. Or, the remnants of a tropical storm could cause localized flash flooding.

Bottom Line: Act Quickly

The bottom line is that if you have water damage in your business, you shouldn’t wait to call in professional help. The longer you let the water sit, the more the damage will spread. Professional restoration companies, like Total Restoration, have powerful extractors to get the water out quickly, and the drying process can begin right away.