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Water Damage Prevention Plan

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Water damage can have a severe impact not only on a business property but the operations as well.

Water damage is a leading cause of commercial property losses. Water damage can come  from a host of sources, both interior and exterior, that can lead to significant building damage and resulting financial loss. A Water Damage Prevention Plan (WDPP) is a critical element in  controlling water losses in commercial buildings and can prevent or reduce such losses.



Pre-Planning Overview

Coordinating  with  individuals  that  know  the  building’s  structural  and  mechanical workings is crucial. The purpose is to develop a list of high-to-low probability for building water intrusion. Historical data indicates “accidental discharge” as number one for water  loss frequency, “pipe freeze-ups” number two and “sprinkler leakage” as number three for  commercial buildings.


Sources of Interior Water

  • Plumbing/equipment, piping, drains
  • Fire sprinklers/piping and sprinkler heads
  • Mechanical systems/evaporators and piping
  • Wet areas such as a shower, bath or laundry
  • Condensation sources
  • Pool/spa plumbing and associated pumps


Sources of Exterior Water

  • Adjacent properties
  • Exterior plumbing/city water supply
  • Foundations
  • Groundwater
  • Irrigation systems
  • Roofs and roof drains
  • Siding
  • Septic systems
  • Waterproofing
  • Windows and doors
Download Water Damage Mitigation Checklist


As the process proceeds, remain flexible and consider additional facts and concerns that  may have been missed during the initial planning stage. Allow the WDPP to mature as time  proceeds on. Consider implementing a capital budget set aside for roofing, updates and other  repairs.

If you would like more information surrounding the creation of a WDPP, please contact your PayneWest representative for assistance.



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