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Can Advanced Water Mitigation Processes Help Morgan Hill Homeowners Dodge Severe Damages?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

water pooling under living room floor Did your experience water damage? SERVPRO to the rescue! We can quickly dry and restore your home.

SERVPRO Uses Unique Approaches to Address All Aspects of Water Damage from Cleanup to Drying of Wet Areas 

Water is a great utility that helps with many tasks in a home. However, if it reaches unwanted areas, you might end up with a cocktail of problems, including bad smells, deterioration of materials, and deep soiling. Although the problems' origin may be only moisture exposure, the resulting damages can require complicated resolution processes. Using advanced techniques, SERVPRO helps Morgan Hill homeowners resolve any issue caused by water intrusion, "Like it never even happened." 

Does the selected approach matter when drying moisture? 

The outcome of the water mitigation exercise at your Morgan Hill home is influenced by many things, some of which may seem so simple that you might ignore them. For instance, placement of drying equipment can affect the efficiency levels and thus reduce or lengthen the time taken to conclude the entire process. Our SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to: 

  • The correct angling of air movers
  • Reversing the equipment direction every 24 hours
  • Proper distribution of dehumidifier exhaust

Air movers create air currents within your house, improving the evaporation rate and breaking any boundary layer of moisture in the air caused by evaporative cooling, thus improving drying. However, the position chosen when placing the equipment can hamper the process. An air mover blowing directly at a wet area might end up forcing moisture into the surface rather than moving it away, thus improving evaporation. Our technicians aim air movers at a 45-degree angle against a vast flat surface such as a wall bouncing the air off the surface and transporting moisture away from the material. We also use other superior placement approaches, such as using a clockwise pattern when using several air moving units and positioning the inlets facing the walls. Advanced placement improves efficiency by a significant margin and prevents secondary problems. 

How often is unique equipment placement needed at a loss site?

The situation in a Morgan Hill water-damaged house keeps changing as the mitigation process advances. Therefore, the remedial actions might need readjusting to match the new conditions that arise. Moving or readjusting the drying equipment is one of the steps required. Our SERVPRO technicians reverse the direction of air movers after every 24 hours if it takes days to dry your property to ensure uniform drying. Other changes might involve altering the type of equipment. For instance, we can start the drying process with refrigerant dehumidifiers if the temperatures are around 33°F to 95°F and the moisture levels above 40 gpp. Once the humidity dips below 40 gpp, we can replace them with low grain dehumidifiers, which are more efficient in removing moisture when the relative humidity levels are low.

The changes at the site might also alter the use of certain types of equipment. The standard drying equipment falls into three categories: 

  • Heating sources
  • Evaporative equipment
  • Humidity extractors 

With the right procedures, it is possible to achieve good results even without some of the equipment. For instance, dehumidifiers can play both roles of moisture extraction from the air and heating. Our SERVPRO crews manage this by directly directing the hot exhaust from dehumidifiers to the air movers' intakes, thus ensuring a steady flow of warm air without using heaters. 

Do other aspects of the mitigation process require unique approaches? 

Restoring a water-damaged property may necessitate removing construction materials on the walls, floors, or other parts of the structure. Removing and replacing the materials can take considerable time, lengthening the recovery period. There is also the likelihood of damaging the materials removed from the building, thus increasing restoration costs. It is possible to eliminate teardown in some cases by using a couple of unique approaches. For instance, when addressing moisture issues in wall cavities, our SERVPRO technicians remove the baseboards and drill holes to release any water trapped within the cavity. We can drill such holes wider at 1½ inches, allowing them to serve as an access point for the supply of dry air through a wall venting system.

Circulating air into the wall cavities dries wet materials faster without the need to disassemble the wall. We closely monitor the conditions of the materials and the drying progress using penetrative moisture meters to ensure it advances at the right place, thus avoiding mold development complications, which can derail the renovation.

The approach used to mitigate water damage impacts the outcome. SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy can help restore your home Gilroy, San Martin, or Coyote home efficiently. Call us at (408) 500-0657.

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