Cleaning Up Storm Damage from a Lake Worth Home
Many Lake Worth residents have seen the destructive side of nature firsthand, much like this customer who dealt with intruding floodwater into their home's dining room/living room area. Our SERVPRO team responded quickly to this emergency, as a thorough inspection and damage estimate was required by the insurance adjuster before a storm damage claim could be filed and approved. The prompt arrival of our administrators ensured that we could be directed to the most pressing concerns by the customer and evaluate the needs for the property for ourselves as well.
Establishing a Staging Area
Shortly after the Before Photo was taken, our SERVPRO team worked to set up a staging area near this affected room where equipment was accessible, and progress could be closely monitored. Having a clean space in the house next to where flood damage impacted the property ensured that our technicians would not cross-contaminate the rest of the rooms with the debris or water damage present in the Before Photo.
Content Relocation and Cleaning
In the initial picture, our team has started content evaluation and cataloging loss. The overturned table in the background is a product of these item inspections. Team members representing our Content Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) created an accurate list of the belongings, their condition, and the work needed to restore them. This division also took photographs, much like what is used as the Before Photo here, to show the placement of these belongings when they were later returned in the After Photo.
Removing Standing Floodwater
Eliminating surface water was one of the primary concerns for the responding SERVPRO professionals. While the bulk of the water had receded by the time we took the Before Photo, there was still a lot of work to be done. When standing water exists, our technicians would often address these concerns with submersible pumps. With low-porosity tile flooring found here, penetration was less of an issue. We mopped, toweled, and wet vacuumed any water present, along with the debris, to reach a point where drying efforts could be successful.
Thorough Drying and Tile Cleaning
With tile flooring through much of the room in this Lake Worth property, our professionals did not have to worry much about absorption into the surface materials or the subflooring. Drying up any surface moisture and impacts to baseboards and drywall involved placing centrifugal air movers positioned at the lower halves of wall systems. Floor cleaning was necessary to prevent any staining or marring of the white tilework.
Move-Back of Contents and Furniture
Returning the furniture like the table and seating was one of the final steps in making this flood loss "Like it never even happened." Before they were returned from their storage location for the weeks that restoration was ongoing, our SERVPRO professionals inspected them one final time for damage, repair needs, or deodorization concerns. The customer was happy to see their living room and dining area back to normal and looking better than ever.