Water damage in your Commercial Property
Large business structures are slightly less vulnerable to leaks and flooding than individual homes. The building materials are more likely to be concrete and steel rather than wood which gives them more resistance.
Being right on the mouth of the Altamaha River means commercial water damage to Darien businesses is can be greater than in other parts of Georgia. Despite the imposing nature of warehouses and other storage facilities, damage can and will happen. Worse, the nature of the material in larger structures can even hide the damage for a long time.SERVPRO has the experience and personnel to deal with the special requirements needed to put your business back together.
Cinder block is resistant to moisture, but that same resistance also makes drying it more difficult than other building materials. If the space inside the blocks has equalized to the outside environment, trapped moisture will not vaporize and eventually work its way outside of the walls. If the affected blocks have been painted with a gloss or semi-gloss paint, this serves as a vapor barrier, making vaporizing almost impossible.
To defeat this, our technicians will begin by drilling holes into the mortar at the bottom row of blocks to allow water to flow out. This also provides air circulation through the affected wall sections. If the sections contain any insulation (fiberglass, foam or vermiculite) this will increase drying time. In some cases, if it is possible, air movers may be deployed to force air into the cinder blocks.
There is one other factor that can slow our process and that is the presence of bond beams. These beams are made of concrete and provide extra support to the cinder block. They also greatly restrict airflow which means our technicians will need to drill more holes into the mortar.
To make sure that the drying process has completed, one of our inspectors will use a non-penetrating moisture meter to ensure the interior has returned to a normal level. To make certain they have the correct number, the inspector will measure unaffected areas before any work begins.
Completing the drying process in a commercial structure is an involved and time-consuming one. It needs to be done, however, because too much water and moisture will eventually compromise even cinder block. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is here to help with the best training and equipment in the restoration business. Call us today at (912) 445-5190 to get started.