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Water Damage - Arlington Home

Water Cleanup and Repair in This Large Arlington Home

Storm damage can plague homes in the area, especially when strong bands of severe systems pass through. Such was the case for this Arlington home, and with the high winds accompanying the torrential rainfall, a large portion of the roofing was destroyed and pulled from the house. This new vulnerability and exposure point allowed direct rainfall penetration that impacted the attic and the master bedroom underneath it. This large property would require several mitigation actions to prevent this situation from getting worse, and these steps began immediately when our professionals reached the residence. 

Water damage restoration like this requires swift action, and our team was on-site within hours working to evaluate the damage and determine the ideal approaches for water removal and drying. Before this inspection or subsequent mitigation could begin, our general contractor license was instrumental in the work required to seal up the roof. Temporary tarping protected the house from continued rain or water exposure until the storms subsided, and the reconstruction of the roof could be scheduled.

As you can see in the Before Photo, the carpeted floors were oversaturated to the point where the water began to pool above the fibers. Removing water from this flooring required immediate extraction approaches starting with truck-mount extractors and wands. Our SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East team pulled up the carpet in places to inspect the flooring condition and underlying materials like the padding or subflooring. To expedite moisture removal from this fibrous flooring, weighted extractors were placed and repositioned multiple times to force water to the surface for collection.

Extracting water from the attic space was also necessary, as this area was flooded before the path formed to overwhelm the bedroom below it. High-pressure extractors overcame the longer extraction distance and smaller space and quickly eliminated the standing water in this area of the house. Air movers and dehumidifiers were placed in both the attic and the bedroom to continually draw out the moisture until acceptable relative humidity levels were recorded on moisture monitoring equipment. 

Along with the roof that required repair and replacement in places, portions of the ceiling system above the affected bedroom also required removal and build back. Oversaturation of building materials caused them to sag and required removal to prevent collapse. With a general contractor license, we performed multiple recovery tasks ranging from the board-up to new roofs, gutters, and other building envelope staples.

Our SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East team finished the process with a thorough cleaning of the carpet, providing the pleasing finish you see in the After Photo. After much effort, the property was dried again, and the occupants of the house could reinhabit the vacated bedroom in residence.