Don't underestimate the importance of keeping your warehouse dry. If you don't take the proper precautions to waterproof your warehouse, you'll find yourself dealing with multiple costly and dangerous problems over time. Just take a look at these four risks you may run into if your warehouse isn't waterproofed.
1. Mould growth
Mould growth is one of the most common problems you'll face if your warehouse isn't kept dry. Mould thrives in moist environments and can quickly take hold inside if your warehouse hasn't been waterproofed. In turn, mould growth can create a dangerous working environment for your staff. The health risks mould poses include respiratory problems, from mild sneezing to serious shortness of breath. On top of that, mould can irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions. Not only will this create a negative work environment for your staff, but it may also violate your local health codes.
2. Compromised stock
Another issue you'll run into if your warehouse isn't waterproofed is that damp conditions can cause products to deteriorate faster than normal. If you store products made from materials like wood, moisture in the air can cause serious damage and deterioration. Even if your products are made from hardy materials like plastic, excess moisture and mould can damage the external product packaging. Not only will you have to find a way to replace this stock, but you'll have to foot the bill for disposing of it as well.
3. Structural damage
Damp conditions and excess mould also lead to structural damage in the warehouse itself. Wood from pallets or shelving may rot, and floors may begin crumbling underfoot due to water damage. This is an especially large risk for warehouses with untreated concrete floors or walls. Moisture that seeps into a warehouse can also cause rusting on metal shelving. Ultimately, very few common warehouse materials can stand up to excess moisture over time. If the damage is left to develop, you put your warehouse at risk of a dangerous and devastating collapse.
4. Roof damage
Alongside walls and floors, roofs can also suffer damage if they're not properly waterproofed. Over time, moisture and mould growth can weaken the roof and leave it vulnerable to cracks and holes. If your roof begins letting in leaks, you could find yourself facing irreparable product damage from rain water overnight. On top of that, once cracks and holes develop, pressure from rain water and adverse weather will quickly make them even bigger.
Contact a local industrial equipment supplier that offers waterproofing supplies to learn more.