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Preventing Water Damage During Construction

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

“Preventing Water Damage During Construction” with blue watercolor and SERVPRO logo Can Construction Lead to Water Damage?

Whether you are building a new home or commercial space or renovating an existing structure in Pineville, NC, water has a way of sneaking in throughout the process. With wind, rain, heat, and more your building could be exposed through unsecured openings like windows, doors, and more. With water entering your unfinished structure your space may be more susceptible to mold, and the water can even damage the structural integrity of your building. Preventing water from entering your structure may not be as difficult as you think, keep reading to learn what steps you can take to ensure your new building is constructed without any water entering the process. 

How Can I Prevent Water Damage During Construction?

Water damage during construction most commonly comes from two sources, an opening in the structure like a window or door, or a broken pipe. The first step you should take to prevent water damage is ensuring that any openings are protected with plastic sheeting, and all doors and windows are closed when no one is on-site. Sometimes during construction, preventing a pipe from breaking can be impossible. Accidents happen and it may be unavoidable, but you can stop serious damage by turning the water main off when anyone will be working near pipes, and ensuring everyone on-site knows how to quickly turn off the water in case of a burst pipe. If a pipe bursts when no one is on-site you may not find out for hours, to quickly respond to the water, add a monitoring device that will alarm you when a leak is detected, so you can take care of a leak early. 

How Can I Prevent Future Water Damage?

Many customers are surprised to hear how common it is for a faulty roof to cause water damage. When your roof is being built or repaired, ensure that you are working with a fully qualified and licensed roofing company in Matthews, NC. This helps to ensure that the roof is installed properly, and the work is insured if necessary. Selecting a qualified and licensed plumber is also essential to protecting your new building from any water damage that might occur during or after the construction process.

What Is An Emergency Response Plan?

An Emergency Response Plan is an essential aspect of preventing water damage during construction. Planning ahead is the best way to prevent damage from happening, and to assure you know what to do in case of damage. Having an ERP for your business includes planned evacuation routes in case of an emergency. When creating your ERP you can also make sure to include water and electricity shut-offs. 

What To Do After An Emergency

If you were unable to prevent water damage from happening on your construction site, SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County is here to help. As your local Charlotte, NC, water restoration specialists, we can help make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at (704) 840-6112, day or night so your construction plans can get back on track as quickly as possible. 

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