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How To Prevent Secondary Damages To Your Commercial Property

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

When commercial owners don't notice a water intrusion immediately or fail to fix minor initial water issues, properties can develop secondary complications. Structural deterioration or black mold affects the water and can cause severe and costly damage. Property owners in West Tennessee should understand why secondary damage is so concerning and how to avoid these complications.

  1. Lack of Attention Leads to Mold

Fungal spores, or decomposers, are all around us. However, they become a problem for property owners when they come into contact with water. Liquid feeds the microbes, encouraging them to reproduce and triggers growth. The following conditions create the perfect environment for microbes to spread and demand attention… 

  • Lingering Puddles
  • Plumbing Leaks or Drips
  • Damp, Dark Cabinets or Closets
  • Flooding
  • High Humidity Levels

Address these issues as soon as possible to help prevent secondary damages from starting.

  1. Secondary Issues May Appear First

Signs of hidden moisture are typically only revealed after it penetrates through materials. Peeling paint, warped flooring, discoloration, spots, and musty odors are all early indicators of black mold.

In many situations, leaks occur out of sight in crawl spaces. Certified SERVPRO Mold Remediation Specialists can investigate the situation, and tackle the cleanup and remediation process.

  1. Focus on Drying and Gutting

Dealing with secondary damage can be a time-consuming process and requires patience. To prevent future property complications, the remediation and restoration process should be thorough. SERVPRO Professionals…

  • Extract as much moisture as possible.
  • Monitor dampness using a moisture reader.
  • Place SERVPRO dehumidifiers to pull out the humidity from walls, floors, the air, and objects around the clock. 
  • Remove drenched items.
  • Perform flood cuts on the drywall below the water lines.
  • Toss contaminated carpeting and non-salvageable items.

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City can help protect your commercial property from these secondary harms. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance is to experience additional property loss.

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