The Dangers of Snowmelt to Your Omaha Business
Rapid Melting Conditions
The heavy amounts of snow this winter combined with rapid melting conditions creates the perfect scenario for water intrusion in your commercial building. Depending on your building's design, these leaks may or may not be immediately noticeable. If your business includes low-traffic areas--such as a storage room containing inventory or important documents--it is wise to intentionally inspect these areas on a regular basis for potential water intrusion.
Leaks from snowmelt and trapped rain-water runoff can enter your business from both above and below. Frozen drain pipes, blocked drainage systems, and ice dams are common culprits. Raking the snow from the roof of your structure is a first step in helping prevent water damage. Additionally, cutting channels through ice dams on the roof by applying calcium chloride is sometimes an effective option.
Snow removal on the ground is another important preventative measure. Clearing a 5-foot path around the perimeter of your structure helps prevent snowmelt and rain water from seeping into your business at ground level. Finally, removing packed snow from drainage areas allows water to run away from your business instead of into it.
Sometimes water damage from a snowy winter season is inevitable. If you discover a water leak, it is important to start the drying process immediately. This will aid in preventing further damage to your business, such as a future mold problem.
Call Us Today
The team at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is trained in proper drying techniques. If you find water damage in your Omaha business, our team is ready to assist you. Call us at 402-800-2134.