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Taking the Right Actions to Repair Storm Damage in Superior Homes

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Taking the Right Actions to Repair Storm Damage in Superior Homes Superior Area Storm Damage Properities Call on SERVPRO for Help

Flooding Restoration in Superior Properties Depends on Many Factors

If you are currently dealing with the aftermath of a destructive storm, there may be many parts of your home which need urgent attention. Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO are on hand to help residents in the Superior area.

Whether falling debris has created a leak in the roof or the ground floor has flooded, as long as the water contains no toxins, the restoration can begin right away. Most storm damage in Superior is categorized as ‘gray,’ typically not highly contaminated water, so we combine thorough drying with fast cleaning.

The First 48 Hours
The first two days following water intrusion is crucial for restoration experts. It is why, if your home does sustain storm damage, you need to be quick with your response. After the 48 hour window, the chance of repairing certain materials is much smaller. Also, moisture in carpets and other soft furnishings may start to develop odors and mold growth.

Documents, Books, and Photos
Paper-based materials are some of the hardest to rescue because they degrade on contact with water. At SERVPRO, we recommend in salvaging elements before deferring to replacing anything which does not have sentimental value. For vital records, books, and photographs, a freeze-drying process may be used to solidify the water, increase the evaporation rate in a near vacuum environment, and mitigate on-going water damage.

Carpet and Subflooring
If the carpet has been wet for longer than 48 hours, it may be safer to replace it with a new one. However, within this timeframe, drying, and cleaning of the original carpet can occur if the contamination is minimal with no fecal or chemical presence. The SERVPRO technicians use a water extraction vacuum to remove as much liquid as possible. Then, they lower ambient humidity levels with dehumidification equipment.

Wallboard (Drywall/Gypsum)
If there is no visible swelling or warping, the drywall can remain in place for drying. Otherwise, sections require careful removal. Warping wallboard means that the area behind the drywall or gypsum is very wet. It needs to be dried and ventilated. We can use high powered fans to achieve this at an accelerated rate. We can also drill holes to increase the circulation and use plastic tubing to usher out the moisture.

Roofing Materials
Typically, damaged ceiling tiles require removal and replacement, because they crumble. It is quicker and easier to replace the compromised sections. If the material is especially valuable or rare, there may be a possibility of removing damaged tiles and placing them in drying ‘zones’ throughout the building.

Curtains, Rugs, Soft Toys, etc.
Smaller, loose items are very easy to clean. For instance, drapes and curtains are taken down and sent to our specialist facility for laundering. We can dry clean delicate fabrics and ensure that soft toys and clothes get thoroughly washed and are free of dirt and germs when brought back to the house.

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville, we handle every storm damage restoration with care and precision. Each job requires a tailored approach, and our technicians do not leave until you are satisfied. Call us 24/7 at (303) 604-6607.