Beware of Water Damage

Leak detection system among many tools to mitigate loss

With so many offices, plants and warehouses empty or being run by skeleton crews during the pandemic, it’s now more important than ever to be vigilant about liquid damage, such as pipe breaks, roof leaks and sewage backups. When it comes to water-related damage, which accounts for 42% of losses, quick action is key. The more water that flows, the more destructive the loss. Here are a few steps to avoid and mitigate this frequent peril:

  • Install water leak detection systems. Read this Approved Product News article about two systems that are currently used in offices, industrial facilities and other business settings. Water leak detection systems, including probes, sensing cables and other devices can provide quick and accurate detection and notification in the event of a leak. These detectors are typically linked to a control panel that can provide various levels of automated alerts and other actions, including the activation of shutoff valves to limit damage. 
  • Locate water shutoff valves. Consider personnel changes that may have resulted from the pandemic. Do current employees know where the water shutoff valves are? This information should be in every business’s domestic water emergency response plan (DWERP). AFM clients can use our Resource Catalog to order tags to label shutoff valves.
  • Research cleanup contractors. Have a list of vetted water damage restoration contractors ready. If the cleanup is delayed, there’s a greater chance the carpet and drywall will need to be removed and replaced. Delays could also lead to mold.
  • Visit our interactive water damage prevention portal. It details how to prevent, manage and mitigate loss from culprits such as pipe breaks, roof leaks and toilets overflowing. The page links to AFM Online, our extranet that houses a Liquid Damage Loss Control Center, which contains additional resources.

Water damage is one of the most avoidable property risks if businesses take time to prepare. For more information on how to prevent and mitigate water damage, please contact your account team.