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Where Does the Water Go After a Supply Line Breaks in My Arlington Home?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak Why SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East? We are ready 24/7 to assist with water damage repair in your residential space.

Water Damage Repair in Your Arlington Residence Is Not Complete Until Moisture Migration Is Traced and All Affected Spaces Dried Out

Water is, by definition, a fluid substance, and when it pours out of a ruptured pipe in your Arlington dwelling, it does not remain in place. Instead, it seeks any outlet, including cracks and crevices, trickling and percolating into recesses. Particularly permeable materials such as drywall, insulation, and laminate flooring wick water quickly, but even supporting structures and fixtures made of wood absorb the water eventually, swelling, distorting, and losing strength.

What Is the Solution to Wayward Water?

Visible standing water damage repairs in your Arlington house are straightforward--see the water and extract it. Following the migration of the water requires a different skillset, as does removing the water when located. These needs are why professional water restoration technicians earn certification in the techniques employed to discern where the water flowed, and the tools used to reach that end:

    •    Moisture detectors -- to trace the outline of the water incursion
    •    Moisture meters -- to measure the level of excess absorbed water
    •    Infrared imaging -- to evaluate temperature fluctuations and determine when trapped water might lie

How Do Restorers Remove Hidden and Absorbed Water?

Professionals  consider a range of strategies to evacuate liquid water and to evaporate moisture absorbed into structures. Knowledge of these resources is why SERVPRO managers and technicians obtain training in restoration industry best practices. We use extensions on portable extractors to reach into recesses to pull out water. In some cases, carefully controlled demolition such as removing sections of drywall (flood cuts) or drilling holes in walls or masonry provide a release for the water and repair after drying. We accomplish drying by striking a balance among air movement, temperature, and dehumidification using commercial grade equipment. Drying goals have as a baseline the moisture data collected during migration testing. Periodic retesting of the wet materials establishes that the drying is occurring and guides us as to when drying efforts can stop.

Why SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East? We are ready 24/7 to assist with water damage repair in your residential space. Call us at (904) 721-2230 immediately after the plumbing fails, so we can get to work promptly.

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