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Water Damage at Rental Properties

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Leaky Pipe Check for leaking pipes in your Kansas City, KS commercial property.

Rental Properties with Water Damage

Damage from water can be fixed in most cases but will lead to more severe issues if left unattended. If you have noticed signs of wear at your rental property in Kansas City, KS, take action immediately to prevent additional problems. Learn more about what to look for and how to address necessary maintenance. 

Water Damage at the Source 
Having a good understanding of potential problems is a smart way to handle a situation before it goes bad. While weather events also require disaster remediation services, they are less likely to cause issues that pain the pipes and pocketbooks of building owners over time, like old polybutylene materials and regular wear and tear. Here are the four most common issues to look out for.

1. System Problems
Older properties regularly suffer from leaks at pipe connections, shut-off valves, and fixtures, whether from faulty installation or just from years of constant commercial use. Checking visible areas for signs of pooling or a steady drip will help you identify the source. For internal regions, look to your water bill for steadily climbing costs or sudden spikes. 

2. Clog Crises 
Clogs happen in above-ground drains, but mainline pipes are also standard. A yearly inspection and cleaning will help mitigate most blockages. 

3. Polybutylene Woes 
If your property was built between the mid-'70s and the mid-'80s, there’s a high chance that you have PB pipes somewhere in the building. This specific piping is known for splitting, bursting, and causing significant harm. Scheduling an inspection from professionals in Kansas City, KS, is an ideal measure to prevent damage. 

4. Root Ruptures 
At the mainline level, tree and bush roots are common issues that lead to ongoing troubles. The first sign of tree roots rupturing or blocking your pipes is low water pressure and depressions in the surrounding grounds, if not visible breaks in the lines. In some cases, the trees will have to be removed and some piping replaced.

Older tenant-occupied properties need continual maintenance to mitigate future damage. While repairs and polybutylene pipe replacements are necessary over time, they prevent more significant problems from surfacing when addressed proactively.

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