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The Science Behind Water Removal From Arlington Walls

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged room; flood cuts on walls to enable drying Sometimes we need to make flood cuts to enable drying the structure. We have the expertise to handle any water loss situation.

Water Removal from Your Arlington Walls 

Pipe leaks in the kitchen or bathroom often affect nearby walls and sometimes ceilings. At first glance, you may think that you need to rip out your drywall and replace it. You may have wallpaper coverings, and insulation to consider depending on the severity of the leak. However, it is often feasible to restore the drywall to the preloss condition with appropriate care and professional assistance. 

As previously mentioned, water removal from your Arlington walls does not necessarily mean that your walls, wall coverings, and insulation need replacing. While you are drying your floors, you also need to pay attention to your walls and ceilings to ensure they do not sustain secondary damage such as mold infestations, peeling wallpaper, or warped surfaces. 

Most homes have a single layer of drywall, and some areas of the house may have distinctive characteristics such as water-resistant or mold-resistant, containing a more substantial vapor barrier, for use around a shower or bathtub. Apartments or condos may have two or three layers of drywall to provide additional sound proofing between units. 

The restorers at SERVPRO make drying decisions based on your situation. First, they inspect the drywall using non-penetrating moisture meters to determine which area is wet. Since there usually are multiple layers between walls, technicians may use a penetrating moisture meter to determine the moisture levels in just the drywall. The penetrating moisture meters are useful when there are potentially false-readings due to metal components behind the drywall. 

When determining whether your walls are restorable, SERVPRO technicians look for the water category levels. Category 1 or 2 are restorable. We also ensure there is no visible swelling, intact seams, and no indication of mold infestation growth. Light water damage without sagging on a ceiling is also a candidate for restoration. Category 3 contaminated water and deeply sagging ceilings pose safety hazards that typically need replacing as quickly as possible. 

Drywall absorbs and releases moisture easily. Latex painted walls are porous, allowing moisture to evaporate more quickly than enamel paint. Vinyl wall coverings and paneling restrict moisture migration from the walls but also can trap moisture in with their impermeable finishes. Technicians may need to use additional procedures to dry through the vapor barriers, such as perforating or temporarily removing the vapor retarding material. To dry wallpaper, technicians may carefully remove the affected paper and attach it to an unaffected area, dry it through indirect air movement and heat, and reapply it to the wall. 

When there is water damage, SERVPRO aims for restoration over replacement, if at all possible. We make it, "Like it never even happened. Contact SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 for 24/7 assistance. 

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