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How Water Damages Tile in Punta Gorda

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

Drying Out Water-Damaged Terrazzo Tile in Punta Gorda Homes

Many single-story ranchero homes throughout the Punta Gorda area feature intricate and skilled tilework. Not only does this provide an homage to the classic Spanish style in the construction of the home, but it also gives a unique aesthetic appeal that water loss disasters can quickly threaten. With so many smaller tiles making up floor and wall mosaics in actual terrazzo work, the number of joints and grouted areas in the material is also high. 

With the higher volume of grout points between individual tiles, water damage in Punta Gorda can quickly become a destructive factor for your home. Our SERVPRO professionals have a comprehensive approach to restoring these damaged areas of your property, and this starts with a prompt response to the emergency. The faster that our skilled professionals can reach your damaged residence, the less penetration that standing water and moisture have into surfaces like tile flooring and structural elements. 

Among the first steps that our team must begin when we arrive at a water- loss incident is to assess the severity of the situation. Our professionals have sophisticated moisture readers and detection equipment to determine the full scope of moisture and saturation for flooring materials and other affected areas of the property. This information can help to identify the best points to set up drying machines for this phase of recovery. 

For as water resistant as the tile itself might be whether porcelain, glass, or a polymer material, the grout for the joints is less impermeable. With enough time exposed to standing water or excessive moisture, grout can break down, and its seal against the tile can weaken and erode. With this degradation, water can pass through the grouted area into the subflooring and support materials to begin to adversely affect these areas and potentially allow for damaging effects like mold growth. 

Drying out these materials before too much damage occurs is a delicate and deliberate process that starts as soon as our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home. We utilize many pieces of equipment, including our air movers, dehumidifiers, and even our Injecti-Dry System to provide a slow and constant draw off of excess moisture from the affected materials. 

Our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda team knows what it means to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (941) 575-5910. 

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