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Actions You Must Take When Your Dover Home Suffers Water Damage

1/27/2019 (Permalink)

This ceiling has suffered water damage from a leak in the pipes.

Here Is Why SERVPRO Is The First Choice For Removing Water Damage From Dover Homes

Dover homeowners have dealt with a larger number of storms these last few years, some them devastating. Most flooding to our homes often happens in much smaller amounts, and usually from more common disasters such as a pipe connection breaking during a winter freeze, flooding basements and other parts of the home.

Removing standing water is only the first action needed in eliminating water damage to Dover homes. That is why SERVPRO restoration teams go into each home with a plan to inspect for disposal, property to dry, and replace items too affected by water for restoration.

After getting the water out, our team leaders carefully examine the residence. They quickly identify all affected property and determine what requires immediate disposal instead of wasting labor, cleaning agents, and equipment used on attempting restoration. Team members then remove everything from the structure to a pre-positioned commercial trash bin, demolishing drywall and other building material where necessary.

As team members complete disposal, other SERVPRO technicians start drying restorable items. They start by removing furniture and other items to unaffected areas and set them on pallets or blocks. The action allows trapped water to begin draining from the property. To speed up the process, technicians set up a combination of fans to increase air circulation and air movers to force warm, dry air over soaked surfaces that need further assistance to dry before rot or other; permanent damage happens to upholstered items like recliners and sofas.

While drywall is an exceptional building material, it is also vulnerable to water damage. The same fans and air movers are useful to restore drywall and the framing behind it to a usable condition, but if panels absorbed too much water, they begin to crumble while still attached to the wall framing.

When this happens, technicians dry the framing and wall space behind the panels and then hang new panels to cover them. Once in place, team members can paint each new piece, so the room looks as it did before the water spread across the residence.

Residential flooding can happen year-round and come from a variety of sources. For SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater, our task is to restore each home to its original condition, no matter how the water got there. If you need us, call (973) 810-2825 to set up a visit from one of our inspectors or have a team begin work immediately.

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