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Water Damage in Colleges
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
Since one college is different from another, each would have its own risks when it comes to water damage. In general, however, water intrusion or leaks pose potential losses to the school, which is why the Risk Management Office of any college insures against such hazards.
Water damage can affect all of the school's property from structures to equipment and documents. It could knock out the power in the school and affect more than one floor or more than one building. It could seep into surfaces and permanently damage equipment. Walls could also trap moisture inside them which could lead to microbiological problems, particularly mold growth.
College libraries are also at great risk of damage during such emergencies, with thousands of print volumes, documents, video and audio media that could be ruined. Students' records, school memorabilia, computer files and other valuable school collections could be at risk in a water damage emergency.
In addition to material things, the image and reputation of the college school may also be at risk when a crisis occurs. The management of the school may be looked at by authorities and how the school responds during an emergency.
In serious situations where staff and students must evacuate the building, panic may set in and cause accidents or injuries. However, in any case of water damage, staff and students should be wary about safety risks such as electrocution, slip hazards, and coming into contact with contaminated water.