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Tips For Preventing Water Damage in Your Apartment Community

With so many shared walls and spaces, water damage in an apartment community can get messy pretty quickly. Of course you can never know when an emergency situation will occur, but it’s in your best interest as a property manager, as well as in the best interest of your residents, to always be ahead of the game. Take these measures today to prevent water damage tomorrow.

  1. Check On Aging Appliances Regularly – If the property you manage includes a fridge, dishwasher, and/or washer/dryer in unit, you should closely monitor the age of the appliances as well as routinely checking them for cracked or damaged hoses or connections. Washer hoses should be replaced about every five years. It’s a good idea to replace washers and dryers before there’s a problem. It may cost more money now, but it could save you a lot of money and a headache or two in the future.
  2. Repair Old or Damaged Roofs When It’s Dry – Don’t wait for a big rain storm to find out that the roofing at your unit(s) needs replacing. Make routine checkups to monitor the condition of the roof(s) at your property. Make time and room in the budget to make any replacements or upgrades necessary during the dry season so that you can avoid water damage in the wet season.
  3. Stay in Touch with Your Residents and Know When they’re Traveling – Many people go on vacations during the summer. Talk to your residents about having their water shut off while they’re gone or, alternatively, having someone check on their apartment from time to time while they’re gone. If a water leak occurs while they’re away and no one is checking in, a small problem could potentially turn into something much worse.
  4. Clear Downspouts Consistently – This is especially important if there are a lot of large trees throughout your apartment community. When leaves, branches, and other debris clog the gutters, the risk of flooding is increased. Clear all debris from the gutters frequently. If you know a storm is about to hit, make sure everything is clear and that water is being effectively carried away from the building.
  5. Apply Dry-Proofing Methods – One cost effective way to prevent large scale water damage in low-lying areas is to apply waterproofing coatings and sealings. You can also elevate electrical equipment at least three feet off of the floor and install waterproof structures around circuits and electrical breakers.
  6. Check For HVAC System Blockages – If the line that moves condensation from the HVAC system is backed up, it can create serious water damage. Backed up water can seep through ceilings and through light fixtures or in between walls. When water leaks between walls, it can go undetected and result in mold damage in addition to water damage.

Of course, in the unfortunate event that water damage does affect your community, call SERVPRO of Tustin for fast response and services.


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Flooded Loading Dock

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When a truck hit a fire hydrant this loading dock was flooded by thousands of gallons of water threatening the electrical service to a high rise building.  Quick action by our teams got the water extracted and area cleaned preventing disaster and business interruption.
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Hands on Training!

Wielding the power of the hydro extreme extractor!

Optimum property managers got a hands on experience about water damage restoration.  SERVPRO Vice President Bill Bisaha took them through water removal techniques and the recording of moisture levels.

Extracting water with the swing wand


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Handling a Water Damage Before Help Arrives

If you are dealing with a water damage problem there are a few good things you can do before a water damage professional can mitigate the damage. Most of these tips are straight from the SERVPRO “What to Do Until Help Arrives,” brochure. Keep in mind that I filtered the information based what has been most useful to our customers, a majority living in the Orange County area.

• Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified person who can.
• Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting. A wet dry vacuum would be especially useful. Notice I bolded “wet dry.”
• Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

• Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
• Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.


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