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Water Damage in Shopping Malls
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
In a shopping mall, water damage can happen in several ways such as flash floods or broken pipes due to a fire or an earthquake. Some of the most common causes of water damage in malls are faulty sprinkler systems and fire suppression efforts.
Unfortunately, water damage can spread quickly in a shopping mall which is usually designed with several floors or at least several wings or areas. If the water is coming from a higher floor level, then there's no other way for the gush of water to flow except downwards to the floors below. If the mall has several wings, it may end up with several areas of damage, especially if due to a malfunctioning sprinkler system.
When water damage occurs in a shopping mall, the risk of business interruption is a major concern. Severe water damage can close down the entire mall or affect several retail stores, which will still have an effect on business operations. If there is even low-lying water in the building, people will not think about going shopping inside, unless itís an emergency.
Also, businesses face the risk of major financial loss with millions of dollars worth of merchandise stored and sold inside the building that could be soaked or damaged by water intrusion. If the water damage is due to flooding or if the source of water is unsanitary, then the contaminated area poses serious health risks to store attendants and the general public.
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