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Storm Water Removal in Highland Park

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Water Removal in Highland Park Waterlogged Rooms in Highland Park Need Rapid Water Removal to Mitigate Damages

SERVPRO Provides Experienced Technicians and Equipment for Successful Flood Water Extraction

It has been a year of recovery from the statewide drought, not just the Highland Park area. We expect the same type of storms we had this Spring even stronger in the Fall and coming Winter.

If you are not familiar with the water removal process in Highland Park, it starts with hiring the right restoration service. SERVPRO has decades of experience in California and enjoys access to a nation-wide network of equipment and the latest training in removal, repair and restoration techniques.
 
Our response teams start with an inspection to determine the character of the water and if the home’s electricity is operational. Most stormwater is relatively clean if it is runoff from the roof that entered the property and does not present a health risk though it may require additional cleaning equipment and chemicals. If flooding compromised the electrical system, we bring in a generator from our equipment inventory to provide continuous power support.
 
Now that we know more about the problem, our SERVPRO  technicians set-up equipment to start removing standing water. For levels about two inches and higher, we start with portable pumps. These machines can clear the average sized, three-bedroom home in less than a day. For larger homes, we may use multiple pumps to speed up the process.
 
After we have extracted the bulk of the standing water, SERVPRO IICRC certified response teams may switch to "Rovers" rideable extractors or water extraction wands with wet vacs. These smaller devices are designed to lift water trapped in carpets and between wood floorboards. Our personnel is extensively trained on the extraction wands to prevent causing secondary damage to the floors and carpets.
 
As we start with the carpets, other team members examine the walls that were partially under water. If they suspect there is water trapped behind the walls, technicians remove the floor trim and drill a set of holes into the wall to allow it to drain. Once the water is gone, we can insert tubing that appears like octopus tentacles as we circulate warm air to hasten the evaporation. We patch the holes and reattach the floor trim after moisture sensors indicate that normal levels have been achieved.
 
If the drywall has absorbed a significant amount of water, we use two methods to remove it. The first is to set up air movers to blow warm, dry air over the surface to slowly dry it. The other option is to set-up dehumidifiers next to the affected panels to draw out moisture from the drywall and the air surrounding them. In many cases, we use both methods to hurry the process. There are circumstances when the building materials are non-salvageable and must be discarded, initiating a replacement rather than a restoration process.
 
We are proud, at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale, to support our neighbors and community recover their homes from disaster. Flooding is a very stressful and trying experience, but we are here to make you feel "Like it never even happened." For more information, call us today at (818) 244-6005.

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