The Manor House at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens had water damage and mold problems in the 1990s. A small stream would flow through the basement because of poor drainage, causing plaster to crumble and other damage to the estate. In addition, the wall and balustrade that formed the outer boundary of the West Terrace also suffered water damage. Instead of just fixing the water damage and removing the growing mold, those who managed the estate saw the problem as an opportunity to make big improvements.
A Decade Later
$10 million and thirteen years later, the historical site in West Akron, Ohio is nearly finished with its water-management project with the much-anticipated West Terrace and Japanese Garden. The project allowed for the repair of the building’s water damage and the restoration of other areas of the estate. Photos found of the estate’s original landscaping, which the original owner’s son took, guided those who planned the restoration and renovation of the site.
Water-damage restoration techniques included creating a drainage system under terrace steps and repairing the reflecting pool, which had leaks and faulty repairs.
More Time=More Money
Leaks, water damage and mold, when they are not taken care of promptly and correctly, have high costs. Waiting to repair such issues will deem more expensive the longer it is put-off, can affect the health of those exposed to the mold and can cause structural damage to a building. As soon as you see mold, a leak or water damage in a building, immediately investigate the source of the water damage and repair it as soon as you can. Not doing so will cost you more in the end.
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