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How water leaks can cause unsafe premises and serious injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2024 | Premises Liability

Water leaks at a New Jersey business might seem like a minor inconvenience. However, these leaks have the potential to turn premises into unsafe environments.

They can lead to accidents and injuries with long-lasting consequences.

Slippery surfaces

One of the immediate dangers of water leaks is the creation of slippery surfaces. Whether from a leaky roof or a plumbing issue, water on floors can quickly turn hallways, stairs and common areas into hazardous zones. Individuals navigating these areas may not anticipate the slippery conditions, increasing the risk of slips and falls.

Structural damage

Persistent water leaks can compromise the structural integrity of buildings. In New Jersey, where buildings in townships such as Toms River often face diverse weather conditions, leaks left alone can weaken foundations, walls and ceilings.

Over time, this structural damage may lead to catastrophic incidents, such as collapsing ceilings or walls. Premises liability extends to ensuring maintenance of the property. This includes promptly addressing water leaks to prevent structural deterioration.

Electrical hazards

Water and electricity do not mix well, and water leaks can result in exposed wiring or malfunctioning electrical systems. This introduces the risk of electrical shocks or even fires. Premises owners must address such hazards promptly, ensuring that electrical systems remain safe and functional to prevent harm to residents or visitors.

Water leaks in New Jersey premises are not something to underestimate. They go beyond causing inconvenience and can lead to severe injuries. Property owners must prioritize addressing water leaks promptly to create safer environments for everyone.