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Stages of Water Damage in Lake Worth Homes

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

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How Does SERVPRO Restore Lake Worth Homes After Water Leaks?

Water damage is a severe issue that usually starts small and then worsens. Therefore, the problem can be classified into stages, making it easier to decide an adequate response based on the level of the incident at your Lake Worth home. Responding when an incident is at the early stages may require less work. If it is in the advanced stages of damage, using sophisticated equipment and disposal of several materials may be necessary.

Knowing there is a leak in your Lake Worth home and water damage levels are two separate issues. Leaks or other intrusions are easily identified by pools of water or patches of wet materials. On the other hand, damage manifests as alterations in color or physical changes in materials. SERVPRO provides certified water restoration technicians to help determine the true state of your problems.

Early Signs of Water Damage

  • Peeling or bubbling paint
  • Bubbling wallpaper
  • Surface discoloration

Catching water damage in time creates an opportunity to take remedial actions before unsalvageable deterioration develops. Cleaning the affected areas and drying excess moisture are two simple yet effective ways to tackle the problem. Our SERVPRO crews combine a skilled approach and sophisticated equipment to facilitate drying procedures. For example, before attempting to dry a wall or ceiling surface, we establish whether a moisture barrier might inhibit drying, even when using sophisticated equipment. Typical moisture barriers are layers of gloss paint, polyurethane sealers, and wallpaper. Our IICRC Certified technicians do not have to strip off such surfaces to facilitate drying. We can use an accessory such as a perforation roller to create tiny holes on the surface, thus allowing water vapor to escape.

Advanced Moisture Damage

Water primarily affects porous and semi-porous materials, which become bloated as moisture fills up the natural pores in these materials. Fabrics such as carpets, concrete, and wood are all porous materials that readily absorb water. However, the moisture affects them differently, with carpets losing up to 50% of their tensile strength when wet while materials like wood are weakened or change form by warping. That is why ceilings and walls feel spongy to the touch after water exposure.

The severe problems that develop can quickly become permanent if there is no intervention. Our SERVPRO teams combine preventive and restoring approaches in managing the situation. That way, permanent issues like rot which leaves unsalvageable damages, do not develop.

Preventive Intervention Tasks

  • Expedited water extraction
  • Continuous moisture management
  • Separation of vulnerable materials

Once water is introduced into your property, materials start deteriorating. The amount of water involved influences the deterioration rates. Therefore, leaving stagnating water or wet materials unaddressed leads to unnecessary damage. Our SERVPRO teams are prepared to complete extraction as fast as possible. We bring several powerful extractors to your property, allowing us to remove water from several areas simultaneously. An extractor is equipped with a vacuuming component and accessories such as squeegee or carpet wands that simplify thorough extraction from different surfaces.

Moisture control during water restoration requires a clear understanding of the drying processes. Water is constantly evaporating, so wet materials dry when left for some time. The moisture in the materials escapes into the air, and if there is sufficient ventilation, it dissipates. However, the moisture evaporating from wet materials saturates in the air in an enclosed house. Managing wetness in materials and humidity in the air is essential for sustained drying. Our technicians set up dehumidifiers from the early stages of restoration for adequate moisture management.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth can help address water damage at any stage, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (561) 588-9777 when there is a water intrusion at your house.

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