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Repairing Water Damage in Superior: Masonry and Cavity Walls

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Repairing Water Damage in Superior: Masonry and Cavity Walls In the case of extensive water damage, we may need to remove sections of the wall.

Masonry and Cavity Wall Water Damage Restoration


One of the toughest parts of restoring a water damaged building is making sure that the walls and foundations are thoroughly dry. They can be almost impossible to access in places, so the experts have to use sophisticated tools to get the job done.


Nevertheless, repairing water damage in Superior properties requires a full and comprehensive approach. The type of drying techniques used depends on the materials targeted. Masonry and cavity walls warrant, for example, warrant slightly different strategies.


Keep reading to find out how SERVPRO restores water damage and brings structural components back from the brink.


Masonry Walls


The tricky thing about masonry walls is that they are dried most easily from the outside, via accelerated evaporation. So, external weather conditions can play a big part in how long this takes. The width of the walls is a major factor too, with double wide masonry taking up to four times longer to dry.
However, this may be a little different, if the masonry contains ventilated cavities. These air channels direct oxygen into the wall and speed up the process. When drawing out water from indoors, portable heaters are used to increase the rate of evaporation. We may recommend removing any low permeability finishes.


Cavity Walls


Time is of the essence when it comes to cavity walls, as brick, stone, and concrete become more vulnerable over time. They cannot remain wet for long periods. Concrete and brick, especially are prone to shrinking and cracking in response to accelerated drying. It means that the SERVPRO team has to be measured and gradual in its approach.


In the case of extensive water damage, we may need to remove sections of the wall. It is easier to restore composite materials if they can be targeted directly with the use of fans and dehumidifiers. It also allows the team to remove and debris from the wall cavity. Anything which can hold moisture is a risk factor for rising damp.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is a local water damage repair service. We have access to state of the art drying equipment and can restore your home to its original condition. Call us 24/7 at (303) 604-6607 today for a rapid solution.

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