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Eagle Rock Homes Can Deal with Flood Damage in Crawl Spaces

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Afraid your home has been damaged by a Storm? No need to stress it, Let SERVPRO fix it.

Flood Damage in Crawl Spaces Happens in Many Ways

Rapid weather changes can bring severe storms and flash flooding to Eagle Rock and the Greater Glendale areas. When these threats occur, homes built with crawl spaces instead of slabs are at risk of damage from intruding and lingering floodwater.

Pooling Water Threats

The immediate concern of flood damage for Eagle Rock crawlspaces is the standing water in this confined area. Conventional extractors are not always feasible or sites accessible enough to use these approaches. In most cases, mitigation is a combination of several water removal tools like:

  • Wet vacuums
  • Truck-mount extractors
  • High-pressure pumps

Absorption and Saturation

Exposed building materials can absorb flood water. From the structural supports to joists under the main floor of the residence, this type of moisture damage can deteriorate structural integrity. This water exposure can damage even concrete masonry units used for columns and piers.

Persistent Moisture Concerns

Moist confined spaces create an ideal environment for mold development. With many exposed organic surfaces suitable for supporting organisms, mobile spores infest rapidly with the additional likelihood of microbial threats where bacteria or contaminants are present. Treating surfaces with antimicrobial products can deter developing colonies. 

Should You Encapsulate?

If a crawlspace or your home floods once, it is not impossible to happen again. Protecting your property from the destructive capabilities of active flooding in the crawlspace could require encapsulation procedures. SERVPRO professionals can cover exposed surfaces and the concrete or dirt flooring of the area beneath your home with thick plastic sheets. Vents are covered, and drainage tools are installed. The combination of efforts can help prevent flood recurrences.

The impact of flooding on your crawl space can be a considerable challenge for restoration and cleaning. With the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale professionals, we can provide long-term solutions to help. Call us at (323) 255-1000.

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