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How Do I Know If My Arlington Home’s Prior Storm-Related Damage Has Been Effectively Repaired?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Arlington Companies Like SERVPRO Have State-Of-The-Art Tools That Can Identify Any Remaining Issues from Poorly Remediated Flood Damage.

As residents know, Arlington routinely suffers the effects of strong coastal storms. Yearly, between June and the end of November, powerful tropical storms travel up Florida’s Atlantic coast and cause millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses. Once these weather systems pass, local homeowners are often left with an expensive mess to clean up. This is when they desperately enlist the aid of flood damage cleanup and restoration companies. Unfortunately, not all of these are quality services that have technicians with the right training, experience, or equipment to effectively resolve their flood-related issues. Worse still, is when homeowners have to hire another company to find and repair what these inept services have done incorrectly.

What Are The Signs of Bad Flood Damage Restoration Work?

The goal of any good Arlington flood damage remediation service is to return your home to its pre-flood condition. This they do by removing any standing floodwaters, drying up all excess moisture in your home’s interior, disinfecting impacted surfaces, and using deodorants to neutralize foul floodwater-related odors. When workers do remediation work ineffectively, several visible issues could result. These noticeable problems include:

    •    Ceiling or floor buckling
    •    Warping of walls
    •    Crumbling drywall and plaster
    •    Deterioration of paint and other wall coverings
    •    Water stains or discoloration of structural elements
    •    Dry rot, mold, or mildew on baseboards, walls, and ceilings
    •    Persistent foul, floodwater-related odors

Whenever you notice any of these visible indications of water damage, it’s likely your home’s stormwater-related issues were poorly remediated. This is when you need the help of professional inspection and restoration professionals like SERVPRO.

How Can SERVPRO Precisely Locate Structural Elements and Other Materials Still Impacted by Floodwater Damage?

One of the many useful abilities of SERVPRO is our skill and experience in locating water damage in even the most hidden areas. Company technicians can do this because of their extensive training and advanced equipment.  Some of the advanced equipment they use is:

    •    Moisture sensors and meters that identify materials affected by excess moisture and measure the level of impact
    •    Temperature and relative humidity-measuring thermohygrometers that allow our professionals to calculate dew points, vapor pressure, and specific humidity
    •    Cameras with infrared technology that can locate hidden water damage behind your home’s structural elements

When floodwaters inundate your property, they can get into every nook and cranny of your house. If a subpar remediation company attempts to resolve the resulting issues, it’s often not so easy to determine what they failed to properly remediate. Fortunately, with our high-tech tools, we are usually able to do just that.

How Does SERVPRO Fix Improperly Remediated Flood Damage?

After our experts find that you have flood-related problems remaining from a previous remediation attempt, they follow a time-tested procedure for correcting them. This corrective process generally involves:

    •    Determining a proper drying goal, given the moisture levels in non-impacted areas and the local climate
    •    Replacing affected structural elements that cannot be restored
    •    Extracting remaining standing water with wet vacs
    •    Drying your home’s interior, including even the most difficult-to-access places, with air movers, various types of dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems
    •    Treating your residence with state-of-the-art foggers and EPA-approved disinfectants and deodorants

Often, regardless of the incompetence of your previous remediation service, SERVPRO is able to fix missed or improperly repaired floodwater damage. Our time-tested procedures and advanced equipment enable our technicians to expertly locate and restore impacted materials.

Living on the coast, near warm water beaches, is not all sunshine and rainbows. Every year, local residents face the very real threat of powerful hurricanes and other tropical storms. These powerful cyclonic storms bring with them sustained torrential rains and strong winds that often cause severe flooding. Storm surges usually occur as a result of the winds, and the St. Johns River and area lakes can overflow. The excess water in this exceedingly low-lying, flat area has nowhere to go but into people’s houses. When this happens, your home is likely severely impacted. This is why Arlington area homeowners should anticipate coastal storms and research remediation companies before they ever experience the effects of a major storm.

If the previously mentioned preventative steps are not taken, residents face the risk of hiring an incompetent company that could cost them more money in the long run. Whenever this happens, they need the assistance of restoration professionals to correct the resulting issues as soon as possible. So, if restoration work has been completed on your home and you suspect ineffective service or continue to notice signs of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 today.

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