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Water Damage During Construction Is Easy to Prevent

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Water damage is probably the largest cause of loss and insurance claims in Draper, UT, during construction. Not only will this increase construction costs, filing a claim will raise your insurance premiums. Flooded areas are dangerous to enter and a water pipe repair can delay the construction process. Fortunately, prevention is easy and relatively cheap.

Prevention Throughout the Process

There are three basic stages of the construction process:

  • Pre-construction
  • During construction
  • Post construction

Each requires a different strategy to reduce the risk of a broken pipe. You also need to consider how water will run off your property and how construction can impact that.

Pre-Construction Planning
Planning is the most critical part of the process. Engineers need to consider where existing water supply lines are and how water from storms is presently flowing through the property. Normally, this is part of your quality assurance and quality control process.
Silt fencing is a good way to control water and prevent it from directly entering streams and lakes. It’s cheap and generally effective when used properly. Existing plumbing should be well marked so workers know exactly where water lines are.
Breaking a supply line can stop a construction project dead until the water pipe repair is completed and the impact of the flood cleaned up. This usually will require a top water damage mitigation expert to help you get back to work as fast as possible.

During Construction
You should dedicate a team that’s focused on preventing water damage. They’ll know in advance where the day’s activities are, along with weather forecasts and precisely what water supply lines might be impacted. They should also require that the building envelope be completely sealed before any finishing work is attempted.

Post Construction Efforts
Water from a storm runoff can take surprising routes. When the construction is finished, your team needs to reevaluate where the runoff is now directed to and take all necessary steps to ensure it’s not causing damage, either on your property or to someone else’s. Once all this is done, you should be safe going forward.

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