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How Can I Tell if I Have Water Damage Behind the Walls in My Arlington Home?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses Special Equipment to Detect Hidden Moisture Throughout Your Arlington Home

Any water loss incident can play a significant role in property damage. Some damage may be slight, including stains on your ceilings or walls. However, moisture that accumulates can bring about the potential for mold growth or damage to the structure. Any excessive leaking or moisture built up behind any walls in the home can pose a hidden threat, which is best addressed by trained technicians to get the best results.

How Can SERVPRO Help with Moisture Detection?
We have a skilled team of competent technicians using advanced moisture detection and water extraction equipment. What this does is allow us to handle any level of water cleanup, including water damage behind walls in your Arlington home. Any accumulation of water can bring about destruction in the form of peeling paint, rusted metal, and issues with your electrical framework. Once you call us for restoration, we are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we send out a team as soon as possible to get to work.

Where Does Water Migrate to Throughout the Home?
With any water intrusion event, the water migrates from saturated areas into dry spaces. Many of the building materials throughout the home, including wood and drywall, are porous materials that attract and retain a significant amount of water. Retained water causes materials like these to swell, warp, or breakdown, along with the potential for mold infestation if not addressed in a timely manner. Our technicians carefully monitor the flooring and walls within your home, using specialized moisture detection equipment to let us know that drying is progressing effectively.

What Equipment Helps Locate Hidden Moisture and Speed Drying?
SERVPRO utilizes a broad range of equipment that allows us to locate hidden moisture so that we can enhance drying times. This attention to detail helps to cut back on the amount of water damage behind the walls and under the carpets or flooring of your home. Our meticulous planning allows us to select all of the right equipment for each unique job.

Some of the different moisture detection and monitoring devices that we use include:

    •    Moisture Sensor: These devices are used to determine the amount of moisture left behind in soft materials, including carpets and the padding beneath.
    •    Moisture Meter: These devices, including penetrating moisture meters and non-penetrating moisture meters, find the moisture content in various materials, letting our technicians know when the structure is dry.
    •    Thermo-Hygrometer: These devices measure the relative humidity and temperature in the air

What Makes Your Methods Different from DIY Water Cleanup?
You could always break out a wet/dry vac to pull out as much water as possible, followed by a few fans, but you are not going to get professional-grade water removal this way. This may work for a smaller job or a situation where the water intrusion is relatively new, but larger jobs call for the help of skilled technicians. Our teams are fully trained water damage restoration technicians (WRT) that come equipped to tackle any project, big or small. Some of the equipment we use to remove water include:

    •    Truck-mounted or submersible pumps that allow us to tackle hundreds or thousands of gallons of water, best for jobs when the water is higher than two-inches deep. Truck-mount units are also excellent in the event there is debris in the standing water.
    •    Portable pumps are the go-to equipment found on many standard jobs
    •    Ride-on units, known as rovers, work by the weight of the technicians pushing down on the carpet to pull it out.

In some situations, it might be necessary to use controlled demolition to remove materials that are damaged beyond repair. Our crew can remove baseboards and perform strategic cuts to replace any damaged drywall and put air movers to enhance airflow for optimal drying within the wall cavities. If there is water damage behind your walls within your Arlington home, we will find it and make sure that every bit of moisture is gone.

As our team moves through each step during the water removal and drying process, relative humidity is assessed, making sure that our dehumidifiers and air movers are successfully drying your interior. By using a special formula to monitor airflow, humidity, and temperature, we can get your home back to normal faster than any DIY water cleanup methods.

When it comes to finding water damage behind walls and restoring your interior, we are here to help at SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East. You can reach our restoration team 24/7 by calling (904) 721-2230, and we can send out a team to begin the assessment as soon as possible.“Like it never even happened.”

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