Commercial Storm Damage During the Winter: 3 Common Types
Putting a spoon under the pillow, wearing pajamas inside-out, flushing an ice cube down the toilet - these are all actions that we, or our children, would take to ensure (at least, in theory) that we would wake up to see snow on the ground. As adults, we still enjoy a pretty flurry or light snowfall, but we are aware that winter weather can also do more harm than good to our commercial properties. In order to make sure that you can enjoy the beauty of a winter snowfall while protecting your commercial property from storm damage, keep reading to learn more about 3 of the most common types of storm damage that commercial properties may experience during the winter season.
1. Leaky Roof
One of the most prevalent types of winter storm damage to commercial properties is a leaky roof. Many things can cause your building’s roof to leak, including ice dams, clogged gutters, and damaged shingles. When your roof leaks, you may experience flooding or other types of water damage, as the excess of precipitation from your roof will seep down into your ceilings and walls. It is important to remember that the chance of mold growth increases the longer your water damage remains untouched.
2. Roof Collapse
Roof collapses can occur when heavy precipitation, whether it be rain or snow, weighs down on your commercial property’s roof. Chronic, recurring roof leaks may also lead to structural damage over time that can result in a roof collapse. Therefore, it is crucial to clear debris from your roof and gutters often in order to prevent roof collapse.
3. Burst Pipes
With freezing temperatures, which are common during winter storms, pipes can burst, leading to flooding and water damage, causing water molecules to expand. When pressure is placed on the pipes, they may burst. To prevent pipes from bursting, limit the amount of time that pipes are exposed to freezing temperatures by making sure that they are insulated and not left exposed.
Have Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO
In the event that your commercial property experiences any of the 3 types of commercial storm damage discussed in this blog, you can find peace of mind in knowing that SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall has your back. Give your local SERVPRO Team Wall office, SERVPRO of Harrisburg West, at (717) 510-6779. Read more about our Commercial Damage Restoration Services, which include our Commercial Storm, Water, Mold, and Fire restoration services. If your property requires reconstruction services after enduring storm damage, there is no need to look any further, as SERVPRO offers restoration and Building and Reconstruction Services in order to completely restore your property. To make it “Like it never even happened,” call SERVPRO today.