New Construction & Remodels - Be Initially Watchful
There is nothing like opening up a brand new building or getting back into a building that has had a fresh remodel recently completed. These are exciting times but hold your breath a little while as there are a lot of moving parts for any type of construction from plumbing to electrical to drywall. There are many opportunities for something small that was missed to blow up into a big issue. Nails errantly nailed into a pipe, roof not completely sealed, appliances not connected appropriately, drainage not designed correctly, etc.
Time will reveal most problems, usually sooner than later. It is a good idea to closely monitor using all senses. Visual inspections are the most obvious but be aware of any odd smells. Additionally, listen close for any dripping or unfamiliar sounds.
A preventative measure worth looking into are leak detection and automatic water shut off systems that can help mitigate water damage if something should happen.
And another part of this initial breaking in period of new construction is having the appropriate contact names on hand. This means not only having the general contractor's contact information but also the subcontractors' contact information along with a great mitigation company like SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas. We hope none of these issues happen at your place of business but we are here to help if something should come your way.