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Water Damage in Northampton Fitness Centers Requires Professional Removal

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

View of inside of fitness center; Multiple treadmills, bikes, other workout machines Water can damage the electronics in fitness equipment. SERVPRO is always on call for fast remediation.

Large Capacity Water Removal Equipment Critical to Remediate Northampton Fitness Center

Workout spaces and fitness centers might seem able to shrug off water losses. With cinderblock walls and tile or terrazzo floors, even a significant plumbing break would seem to need only time to drain away. On the contrary, the construction of a commercial building in Northampton intended to provide areas to exercise, play sports, run, lift weights, or swimming has countless nooks and crannies where water can collect. Failing to remove the water promptly can lead to deterioration of structural components and mold growth. 

Consider the Construction

Many commercial buildings use cinder blocks for construction, and fitness centers are no exception. The hollow cells of the blocks trap fluid, ensuring that water removal in a Northampton rec center must occur. Although concrete and cinder blocks seem impervious to water, they are porous and prone to eventual deterioration if waterlogged for long periods. Our crews use thermal imaging or moisture detectors to locate hidden water or higher than normal moisture levels. Ceramic tile is often used as a building material, too, and can permit water to seep through cracked or unsealed grout lines. Building construction uses drywall and ceiling tiles in some areas.

Releasing the Fluids

Determining an efficient method to extract water sunk deep inside a maze of cinder blocks is daunting. SERVPRO technicians use several ways to release or remove the water. 

  • Holes drilled into mortar lines, or the blocks directly can release the water.
  • Extensions on wanded extractors permit technicians to reach down from the top of a block run to suction out water. 
  • Floor mats using negative air pressure can suction up water from damaged grout lines.
  • Flood cuts in drywall open up large spaces to provide access.
  • Our general contractor license makes rebuilding or repair needed when using these techniques part of the project.

Drying Strategies

Although SERVPRO technicians learn that extraction is the most efficient way to return moisture levels to normal, once we remove the liquid water, effective drying techniques complete the job. We create a perimeter of air movers to accelerate the evaporation of water absorbed into concrete, blocks, subfloors, drywall, and ceilings. Increasing the temperature in the space helps with evaporation, as warm air can hold more moisture. Humidifiers capture the water vapor in the space, and the condensed fluid stored for appropriate disposal.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County is well-prepared to assist when a commercial building needs water removal and rebuilding. Call us at (413) 324-1300 for an assessment.

Contractor Licenses:

General: MA CS-107843

Residential: MA HIC 180066

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