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Water Damage in Antique Store

10/18/2023 (Permalink)

Our client recently experienced a damage at their retail business. This store is renowned for its unique collection of vintage furniture, rare collectibles, and one-of-a-kind memorabilia that had been lovingly curated over the years. The business is a true gem in the heart of the community, attracting locals and tourists alike.

Daphne, like many towns along the Gulf Coast, is known for its beautiful bay views and warm, humid climate. However, it was precisely this climate that presented a constant challenge for these business owners.

One day this past summer, a heavy rainstorm passed through Daphne. While it wasn't unusual, this particular storm was different. It brought torrential downpours, with the raindrops seeming relentless in their determination to drench the town.

Inside the store, the owners watched as the rain pelted against the windows and roof. They had always been cautious about potential water damage, having installed a state-of-the-art drainage system around the building and maintained the roof diligently. However, the storm was proving to be fiercer than anyone could have anticipated.

As the rain continued to pour, water began seeping in through the roof and around the windows. The owners rushed to move their priceless antiques to higher ground, desperately trying to protect their beloved inventory. But, despite their best efforts, some items were already damaged, and the water continued to infiltrate the store.

Panicked and overwhelmed, the owners called SERVPRO of Baldwin County for help. Our team arrived promptly and we immediately began combatting the water damage. We began extracting the inches of standing water that had spread throughout the 8,000 square foot building. As the hours passed,  the storm began to subside and the water damage was brought under control. We placed large air movers and dehumidifiers to help with the drying process and tarped the roof. But, our client was left with a number of valuable antiques that were now in need of repair or restoration. It was a heartbreaking sight for a family that had poured their heart and soul into the business for decades.

The community rallied around the owners, offering their support in the days and weeks that followed. SERVPRO of Baldwin County began repairing the property first with the water mitigation then with the building restoration and construction while we also began restoring the damaged antiques. The owners also took this opportunity to strengthen their store's defenses against future water damage, ensuring that their beloved business would remain resilient in the face of adversity.

In the end, the story of water damage at this business became a testament to the strength and unity of a small town like Daphne. The owners emerged from the ordeal with a renewed sense of determination, and their business has continued to thrive, becoming not just a treasure trove of antiques but a symbol of the resilience of a tight-knit community on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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