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How a Small Leak Anywhere in a Gift Shop can Create Extensive Commercial Water Damage in Largo

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Your gift shop needs to be open so that customers continue to purchase items to take back home with them. Call SERVPRO after a water damage event.

Our SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Determine the Source of the Water Damage

Florida has many wonderful and spectacular sites to see, and this often includes small and large gift shops. Window shopping and browsing is a part of many vacations to our great state. Out-of-state tourists, and some locals, too, love the various surprises often found inside area gift shops.
Largo is home to many gift shops, but one emergency that can close doors and ruin businesses is commercial water damage. One route to this disaster is a leak, but this can happen in a multitude of ways. Some of these can go unnoticed for weeks, or even months. Damage becomes increasingly more and more extensive the longer water, and its existing effects, are left alone.
When SERVPRO technicians are called in to repair water damage, we look for all areas that have been affected. Many times, we locate hidden damage that the business owner was unaware of.  These areas need to be repaired so that damage stops. It is very easy for water damage to spread, even after the water has been removed because of the way many materials react when exposed to water.
Water can cause many building materials to swell up. When the water is removed, swollen materials do not always return to their original condition. They can remain swollen, but instead of having their pores full of water, they are now full of air. These pores not only hold moisture if the humidity level rises again, and also decrease the strength of the material, but they also create tiny 'breaking points' where the material eventually crumbles apart.
Flooring can also be damaged by water and elevated moisture levels. Debris is less likely to be swept up when vacuumed, leading to worn areas more quickly. Padding can end up being more heavily compressed prematurely. Stain marks from furniture legs can also develop over time when humid conditions are present. These marks are most often brought on by saturation, but this is not the only way they can happen.
When exposed to moisture, wood frames around doors and windows are prone to swell. This can lead to problems when opening or closing them. Water stains on ceilings and walls are another issue often related to water damage.
Because these problems can all exist in one small area, SERVPRO of Largo has experts in all of these types of situations and more. Calling us at (727) 586-0060 is the first step in discovering all of the existing damage. Then we can begin the process of repairing and restoring your building so that both current damage is eliminated and future damage is effectively prevented.

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