Property owners and managers can reduce the possibility of extensive losses through a water damage mitigation program. The program involves a detailed checklist specific to your facility. This analysis gives risk managers, safety managers, building engineers and other professionals more control over potentially paralyzing situations.
• Are small leaks promptly repaired?
• Is the cause of any leak analyzed to determine if it was an isolated occurrence,
or a symptom of a system-wide problem?
• Are housekeeping personnel instructed to immediately notify maintenance when
any type of dripping, leakage or clogged drains is found?
• Is there close monitoring of the work of outside contractors and vendors that may
affect piping systems (sprinklers, water, etc.)?
• Are there any liquid storage tanks or vessels (hot water, condensate, boilers, fuel
oil, etc.) inside the building, mechanical penthouse, or on the roof?
• Are pipe diagrams or prints up to date, and showing the location of valves for all
liquid carrying systems?
• Are shut off valves “exercised” (closed and reopened, lubricated as needed)
at least annually to verify they can be quickly closed during an emergency?
• Is someone available on all shifts trained to respond immediately to any leak?
• Is someone immediately available at all times with authorization
(24 hours x 7 days) to call and bring in the professional clean up
and restoration companies?
• Do you have a proper sprinkler shut off tool in place in case of accidental sprinkler discharge?
As part of pre-loss discussions with your insurance carrier, a thorough and specific checklist assessment for your facility should be developed for major areas of concern.
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