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How Does Storm Damage Affect Building Interiors?

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

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How Do Storms Affect the Interiors of Buildings?

Most commercial property owners and tenants view storm damage as an external threat. In reality, a burst pipe can cause extensive storm damage when temperatures plunge below freezing. Find out more about the exterior and interior threats posed by extreme weather to a building in Federal Hill, RI.

A Building Enclosure Becomes Compromised

Flood water, high winds and other effects of a storm can undermine the enclosure or envelope of a building. The outer shell of a structure provides several essential functions:

  • Air control
  • Thermal control
  • Water control
  • Vapor control

When a storm compromises an enclosure, this layer may no longer be able to shield a building's interior from exterior conditions. A drop in air quality or loss of conditioned air may result, as could elevated moisture levels that put a building at risk for water damage and mold.

External Water Works Its Way Indoors

When moisture penetrates through a vapor barrier, humidity levels in a structure rise. More severe damage to a building enclosure may permit flood water to enter. Standing water poses a major risk of primary structural and secondary mold damage.

Freezing Temperatures Burst Pipes

A burst pipe may also result from uncontrolled temperatures in a structure. Exposed plumbing in areas that are not temperature controlled or a frozen pipe that is not properly insulated may be prone to develop a blockage, build up pressure and burst. Although water from a broken supply line starts out as Category One damage, it can degrade to Category Two or Three damage.

The envelope of a commercial building plays an important part in keeping out moisture. If this protective layer gets compromised, it can be easier for external water to penetrate into a building and damage insulation, drywall, or interior contents. It is also important to factor in any exposed plumbing to avoid a burst pipe during cold weather in Federal Hill, RI.

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