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Westwood's Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Structural Drying Procedures

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Westwood's Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Structural Drying Procedures Westwood Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal After Flooding

SERVPRO Can Provide Prompt and Effective Flood Damage Control

When a severe thunderstorm hits Westwood, the weather conditions surrounding it can cause extensive property damage. If the storm brings enough rain, flooding can occur possibly causing water to enter your house. High-speed winds can break exterior walls or blow tree branches into your windows leaving a gap for rainwater to come into your structure.
 
If there is a significant amount of water present in the home, moisture gets pulled out of materials using a specialized extraction system. After water removal, the next step in mitigating flood damage in Westwood is the rapid drying process. Drying out structural components promptly can happen with the use of drying equipment.
 
Air movers and dehumidifiers get placed by our SERVPRO technicians in the affected area to create an environment that speeds up the natural evaporation process. The number of air movers and dehumidifiers used depends on the size of the affected region and how much water got into the home from the thunderstorm. The amount of dehumidification needed is calculated by how many porous materials inside the house got wet.
 
Once the amount of dehumidification is figured out the number of dehumidifiers needed to start drying get set up. Each day our SERVPRO technicians return to the site and check moisture levels and humidity inside the affected area. If the region is not drying quickly, then more equipment can be set up to improve drying. If drying has been successful and the levels have dropped, then dehumidifiers get taken out.
 
In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians set up a drying chamber around the affected area to help speed up drying. A drying chamber consists of thick plastic sheeting that is set up with poles around the affected region. This "tent" targets the damp areas needing additional drying. The smaller the chamber is, the less cubic feet of air the dehumidifier has to turn over.
 
Specific methods and techniques can help reduce drying time so that microbial growth should not occur. Monitoring the work site every day helps us make a change to ensure rapid drying. For professional help with drying out moisture after a storm floods your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of Beverly Hills / Westwood at (310) 390-7540 any time of the day.

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