When water freezes at 32ºF or below, it can expand up to 10% in volume causing pipes to crack. Even a small 1/8-inch crack can cause 250 gallons of water a day to flow into your building. This can result in flooding, severe structural damage and an opportunity for fungus and mold growth. When this occurs, every property and facility manager needs to act quickly and know what immediate steps to take to mitigate this disaster.
Having a plan in place to follow for a water emergency in your facility is critical. A speedy response is the best wat to manage damage control and containment. Work with an HR professional or an OSHA officer to build a step by step procedure to mitigate a broken water pipe. The plan should include the following:
- Site plan that indicates the locations of all domestic water supply and sprinkler valves
- Locations of the main valve and shut off valves
- Phone tree for emergency contacts-emergency contractors, senior management, facility or property manager and others
- Training program for designated facility occupants or employees that can execute the plan during a water emergency
There is special equipment available that can detect excessive water flow and signal a warning or automatically shut off the water supple. Leak detection systems are also available that can send a warning to a designated person to take action. This equipment can help mitigate damage to your facility. When disaster does strike, make sure you know where the water shut-off valves are and how to quickly turn off the water. This simple step can significantly reduce the potential for further damage. Make sure external taps and hoses are also turned off and disconnected. Then call a professional right away!
For more information on what to do or who to call if you have a water leak in your building, contact MAC today. MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years. We provide facility repairs, custom cabinetry services, tenant finish services and more!