We Will Dry Your Flooded Fort Myers Shopping Plaza
Drying Structural Cavities in a Flooded Fort Myers Shopping Plaza
Shopping plazas in Fort Myers provide a convenient location for multiple businesses to set up their storefronts. As a property manager of the individual lots, natural disasters, and the damage they can do to the main structure are often your responsibility as the overseer of each leased property. With a heightened likelihood of torrential rainfall and severe weather events throughout the spring and summer months, plazas in lower-lying areas can fall victim to structural damage that can allow for stormwater penetration.
With broader roof breaches, shared wall spaces between properties can lead to widespread flood damage in the Fort Myers complex. Structural cavities can retain standing water and allow moisture to seep through walls on either side to affect individual stores in the plaza. Not only can these circumstances threaten stock and inventory in these businesses, but trapped water in materials like drywall can lead to collapse hazards and costlier repairs by our SERVPRO water restorers and general contractors.
Drying out structural cavities falls to two specific approaches, both with individual merits. The most common way to adequately dry out structural cavities after structural flooding is with a positive pressure system. By drilling holes in the base of drywall wall surfaces, we can insert hoses that force heated air throughout this space to dry up excessive moisture. Standing water in this space would require our SERVPRO team to make flood cuts so that proper extraction can take place.
Another approach for drying out structural cavities, albeit a less popular choice, is negative air systems. These units are the opposite of forcing air into a moist space between walls, and instead, pulls humid air from this small space. The use of this approach is effective for situations where potential contamination could exist in this cavity, but there is no definitive evidence to prove that it does.
Our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda team understands just how many businesses can become drastically damaged by structural compromise that welcomes direct rainfall and runoff penetration into the structure. For effective extraction and drying after a flood, give our team a call at (941) 575-5910.
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