Does It Matter Which Water Damage Disaster Company I Hire for Cleanup in Glendale?
A Rock-Solid Foundation in Rebuilding and Construction Plus Industry Best Practices Training in Disaster Mitigation and Remediation Place SERVPRO’s Glendale Water Cleanup Team in the Lead.
Water damage in your Glendale home can span a range of circumstances, from a minor inconvenience to a catastrophe. You need to retain a restoration company that scales its response to the specifics of your scenario. A one-size-fits-all approach rarely works efficiently, with the risk of overdoing an uncomplicated cleanup or failing to discover all aspects of the damage in a convoluted situation. It is a bonus to find a company that can take the cleanup from the initial call for help through any rebuilding or repairs needed.
Why Should I Hire Professional Help for Water Cleanup?
Water cleanup operations in Glendale can sound like a simple matter of mopping or running a wet-vac until you understand the unrelenting tendency of water to invade a structure any way it can. When our technicians pursue their basic training with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), one of the first “truths” about water damage learned is that wet goes to dry. This principle helps explain why the spill or spray from a burst pipe can seemingly disappear. You cannot count on any residual water left after a quick mop-up to evaporate swiftly. Instead, it is likely to find cracks or crevices to flow through, seeking dry porous material to soak into and cause severe damage. Finding and extracting and drying out that hidden moisture is crucial to resolving a water cleanup project. The skills and equipment needed for this detection work and subsequent resolution are what professionals bring to the equation.
What Are the First Phases of Water Cleanup as Completed by Professionals?
- Conversation and Safety Assessment
- Expect the project manager from SERVPRO to listen carefully to your account of the events leading up to the water loss. No one knows the unique configurations of a house better than the owner, so we leverage any information you can share. Then we evaluate the potential for safety hazards such as:
- Slip, trip, and fall potential
- Electric shock or electrocution possibility
- Structural cavities holding water, including overhead or between walls that threaten collapse
- Confined spaces with limited exits and low hanging or narrow configurations
- Contamination of water by dirt, chemicals, or infectious waste
- Hazards identified are then controlled so that Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) can work safely, and shield your family from harm.
- Electricity temporarily shut down
- Weakened or water-filled structures have supports installed and carefully located weep holes or flood cuts performed by our construction division to release trapped water as safely as practicable.
- Work in confined spaces is only done by a team or using pumps or extensions to limit the chance of harm while still completing the needed tasks.
- Technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to work with contaminated fluids, containing the dirty water for lawful disposal.
- Testing with Sensitive Devices
Following the migration of water into porous materials and cavities requires the use of moisture detectors, meters, and occasionally infrared cameras. These tools help our trained technicians to define the outline of the water incursion. They also provide data about the level of the water absorption into building materials, giving our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) team baseline readings for drying goals.
What Can I Expect During the Water Extraction and Drying Processes?
- Extraction Services
Water deeper than two inches is evacuated via submersible pumps, usually disposed of into a treated sewer line. We suction residual liquid water with truck-mounted or portable extractors. Aggressive extraction is crucial to facilitating prompt and thorough structural drying.
- Applied Structural Drying
- Data gathered earlier helps determine drying goals. Technicians position the following equipment to sweep water-saturated air from wet surfaces and capture the vapor for disposal:
- Air movers
- Heaters (if needed to raise temperature to speed evaporation)
What if Building Materials Need Repair or More After Drying Completes?
Our construction helped with skillful partial and controlled demolition during safety assessments and controls. Returning to your home to repair and build back damaged or removed structures is an essential part of our full-service approach to water cleanup.
The dedicated team at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is well-prepared to meet your water cleanup needs, no matter how straightforward or complex. Give us a call at (323) 255-1000 to explore the services we offer and how we can help.
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