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Do Water Restoration Tasks that Seem Simple End Up Difficult to Address?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Handling Water Damage Restoration Tasks in Glendale Regularly Helps SERVPRO Tackle Restoration Processes with Ease Because of Better Experience

Water leaks often affect homes after pipes clog, tubs or toilets leak, and water heaters malfunction. In most circumstances, the damage caused by such intrusions is insignificant, so that you can deal with it on your own. However, when damage is significant, professional assistance is necessary to restore your Glendale property to its preloss state. Sometimes, the damage that seems minor can end up being problematic.

Which typical damages are not as simple as they seem?

The two main reasons water damage restoration in some sections of your Glendale home can be tougher to address than you expect include the damage necessitating demolition to reach the deteriorated materials, or minimal signs of the underlying damage being visible. Some typically tricky problems to deal with include:

  • Damp floors
  • Roof leaks 
  • Wet walls
  • Wet assemblies such as cabinets and stairs

Any form of dampness in the house is not ideal because it leads to bad smells, deterioration of materials, and even staining. The dampness you notice on the floors can develop for different reasons, including failure to dry any water that spills on the surfaces, poor subfloor ventilation, blocked vents, or water pooling under the house. 

Drying a damp floor requires different steps, including removing the traces of moisture that you observe on the surface. Our SERVPRO technicians help expedite this by using air movers to increase air currents over the wet areas, thus boosting evaporation. We can also use a dehumidifier to extract the evaporated moisture from the air. However, depending on what causes the problem, the solution may require additional steps.

What additional steps help resolve a damp floor situation?

  • Removing rubbish such as leaves on the subfloor
  • Unblocking any clogged vents
  • Removing any water pooling under the floor

Our SERVPRO crews inspect the house to establish whether any of these issues are present at your property. For instance, we can check whether rain gutters are correctly installed directing water away from the structure, thus preventing pooling beneath the house. We also remove any trash and unclog vents. Fixing the underlying issue helps ensure that any drying steps taken have a long-term outcome. In the case of concrete floors, we might need to do some demolition to aid drying or to install damp-proofing membranes, in case it is an old structure.

How do roof leaks complicate the restoration processes?

Fixing a leak in the roof might seem like a straightforward process of finding the hole and plugging it. However, several issues crop up during the process delaying results or complicating it in other ways. In most cases, you realize there is a leak in the roof when you notice stains on the ceiling or walls. The stains might not appear directly under the opening in the roof since the water might travel along trusses first before dripping on the ceiling or walls. Therefore, the first aspect that complicates restoration is identifying the leak point on the roof.

Our SERVPRO technicians use approaches such as dividing the roof into small sections then hosing each section at a time to identify where water penetrates the structure. In the case of a small puncture, we can use silicone as a temporary solution or replace the damaged materials to address the issue permanently. For bigger leaks, we can install roof tarps over the entire roof section to offer protection until the problem is resolved.

After dealing with the water intrusion point, there is a need to fix the damage on the affected materials, including ceiling or wall panels and the supporting frames. Our technicians perform controlled demolition around the affected area for better access. In most cases, electrical wiring and other utilities pass through the ceiling and wall cavities making the demolition process risky. However, our crews are well trained and equipped to handle such procedures safely.  

After removing the wall or ceiling panels, we assess the underlying materials, such as insulation, to determine whether we can salvage or remove them. We can salvage some types of insulation, such as fiberglass, since it does not lose insulating properties when wet. Drying the structural support such as trusses and frames can also present some challenges since they are semi-porous and therefore take time to release the absorbed water. Our technicians help improve the drying process by using sophisticated drying options such as setting up drying chambers within the ceiling cavity to help contain air movements for improved drying.

Water damage in your Eagle Rock, Northeast Los Angeles, or Atwater Village home can turn out to be more problematic than you expect. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale can help you find the right solutions. Call us at (323) 255-1000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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