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Restoring Structures with Exterior Block Walls with Flood Damage in Amherst
Many of the building structures in Amherst designed as schools of for long-term storage are often based on a concrete slab with block walls. Often these walls form the exterior and interior floor plan. Highly durable paint is often chosen to protect these walls, as well as give them a more finished, aesthetically pleasing appearance. Although this paint works well to keep rain running off the exterior walls, submersion during a flood can lead to damage.
Block walls covered by normally protective paint on buildings in Amherst can exacerbate commercial flood damage by retaining moisture and prolonging the conditions that harm the contents of such buildings. When SERVPRO responds to a customer with a building constructed like this, we explain that we need to bypass the moisture barrier created by the paint.
The pressure of the water during a flood can affect the stability of walls, including concrete blocks and other mortared bricks. Flood damage can also cause water to permeate the interior of those blocks, especially if paint or other protective coverings become damaged from cracks due to movement or areas where debris scrapes off any paint.
Once water enters, it continues to spread. Regular drying methods work much more slowly to dry solid blocks. Air passing over the surface does pull moisture out, but at a slower rate. We use a method similar to the one used to drain hollow walls – drilling small holes, called weep holes, in the lowest portion possible of the affected wall. This happens along a grout line, where the mortar is softer and allows gravity to help dry the wall.
Because brick and concrete block can take weeks or months to dry out completely, we might also need to install additional entries into the wall to provide better ventilation. These allow moisture to escape as water vapor, which our desiccant machines can then remove. The spaces these vents create can be filled later and repainted. Our building crew, General Contractor License # MA CS-107843, performs this service so our mitigation teams can concentrate on the cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and handling the contents of the building.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County understands that flooding affects your building and your business in a multitude of ways. We work with businesses in and near Granby, Easthampton, and Ware, as well as Belchertown and Westhampton to mitigate flood damage in all types of buildings. Contact us through our 24-hour services line, (413) 324-1300, year-round, for this and other disasters.
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