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Signs of Water Damage in Your Commercial Property

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

When water infiltrates your commercial property, time is of the essence. The longer a leak lasts, the more damage it does. If you see any of these signs of a leak, you should have your property evaluated by a professional.

1. Bulging, spalling, and cracking

These are all exterior signs that a leak is degrading the masonry. Once water has leaked past the mortar joints, it can wear away at the masonry. After water has begun corroding the steel beneath, this damage will become much worse as a result of rust jacking.

2. Rust staining

This is a late-stage sign of water infiltration. You’ll find this commonly in concrete structures, where the red rust stain is visible on a lighter surface. When you see rust staining, it’s a sign that water has penetrated not only the masonry but the steel structure beneath. Water is causing the corrosion of the steel, which leaves a stain on the masonry surface.

Steel will expand as it rusts, creating further damage to your building’s structure. This phenomenon is called rust jacking.

3. Mold and musty odors

After water has made it past the exterior, you may notice signs of water damage inside the building. One of these signs could be a sign of mildew or mold. Mold is not always easy to detect.

4. Interior damage

Other interior signs that can tip you off to a water leak are staining on interior walls and ceilings. You may also see cracked drywall or peeling wallpaper as water begins to saturate your interior walls.

Keep water from damaging your building

At SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties, we help restore and rehabilitate the exterior of commercial buildings so you don’t have to worry about what happens when water leaks into your building. Prevention is key but when water damage does occur at your commercial property; we can help make it "Like it never even happened."

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