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Damage Risks of Multi Unit Buildings

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Owning a multi-unit building may mean that when one unit is damaged, there is a chance that damage has spread to other units as well. Condominium or apartment buildings, hotels, or office buildings are all at risk for many potential damage situations.

  1. Pipes and Water Systems

Based on the size and type of building including the number of tenants,  a building’s pipes undergo a lot. Leaks and burst pipes are likely, leading to flooding. Flooding can affect multiple floors, walls and other building materials, traveling quickly through units.  Maintenance and routine checkups of pipes including necessary replacements, can help to mitigate a flood disaster.

Some commercial buildings have intricate water systems, like boilers and heat exchangers found in hotels. Hotels utilize these to ensure their guests always have access to hot water for their showers. These systems hold many gallons of water and without regular maintenance also have the potential to leak and flood.

  1. Sewage Backup

Sanitary and sewer systems, like the pipes in buildings, are put under a lot of wear and tear as well. Sewers can backup for many reasons like tenants flushing foreign items in the toilet or pouring grease down drains. Even items as simple as toilet paper, sanitary napkins, paper towels can cause drains to clog and backup. Pouring grease down the drain is a common issue in apartment and condominium buildings. This causes grease to settle, building up inside pipes, blocking the sewer system and causing a backup.

  1. Odors and Smoke

Even in instances in which fires are contained to one room in a unit, the aftermath can easily spread to other units that are close by. Odors and smoke can penetrate shared walls, affecting other units and guests or tenants. The same is true for cigarette smoke, as this odor tends to linger, seeping its way into walls and furniture.

With shared buildings, the odds of damage are high. Many situations are not anticipated, quickly causing extensive damage. SERVPRO of Deerfield Beach is experienced in providing damage restoration to multiple unit buildings. Each unit, whether condo, office, or hotel room, is treated as an individual job. We carefully and thoroughly provide restoration in each unit so that damage Is not exacerbated or spread to units that have not been affected.

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