How to prevent Standing Water
Standing water is usually caused by 2 common problems: water leaks and low grout lines.
Tips to Avoid Standing Water
1. Find the source of the leak and repair
2. Use floor fans
3. Mop/squeegee puddles throughout the day
4. Keep floor drains unclogged and free of debris
5. Re-grout your tile floors
6. Repair broken tiles
Dangers of Water Puddles
Water puddles are a major cause of slips and falls, especially on tiled and wooden floors where water does not evaporate or absorb easily into the floor.
On carpeted floors, water puddles will leave damp patches that will rot the carpet, and give it a bad smell if the carpet is not washed and dried properly.Considering the dangers that you and your staff may have to face due to water puddles pooling up on your kitchen floor, it is best to implement preventive measures and to locate its source as soon as possible.
Determining the Source of the Water Puddle
The first thing that you need to do is to mop up the water and wait for it to appear again. It may take a few minutes or hours for the puddle to develop.
When the water is on the floor once again, you can determine the current of the water. Damaged pipes are not always hidden in plain sight; some may be located behind walls or underneath equipment. Once you have gained a general idea on the direction of the water flow, start your search for the source accordingly.
One of the most common sources of water puddles on the kitchen floor is a leaking and damaged pipe under the sink. However, you may also be suffering from a damaged pipe within one of the surrounding walls through which the water is seeping into your floor.
Once you have determined the source of your water puddle, you need to fix it to avoid further damage to your tiled floors and to ensure the safety of your staff once more.