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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Did Your Advance Home Experience Flooding with the Recent Storms?

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm warning sign; heavy rain When the dark clouds roll in and cause flooding, SERVPRO is ready to roll out to restore your home.

Heavy Storms Bring Flood Damage to Advance Home 

The estimate for basements having water loss of some type during their service life is around 98%. Flood damage hits basements particularly hard because it is an area of the home most people use for storage, an extra room, and where the mechanicals such as hot water tank and the HVAC get installed.  

When SERVPRO arrived at an Advance home with flood damage in the basement from heavy storms, they found a couple of inches of standing muddy water on the slab floor. Fortunately, the installation of both the HVAC and hot water tank was on blocks that kept them above the water.  

Scoping the Loss 

SERVPRO technicians located the source of the water entry and immediately took action to remove the water. They used a combination of portable submersible pumps and a truck-mounted trash pump to expedite the removal process.  

Move Out of Undamaged Items for Disinfection

The techs moved out plastic storage bins to another area for cleaning to ensure any bacteria or contaminants in the water got removed. Items in cardboard boxes got inspected piece by piece for restoration potential, and anything that required disposal got approval from the homeowner and documented in a report to assist with the filing of insurance claims for the loss, which is the SERVPRO CCIS Contents Claim Inventory System. 

Types of Cleaning Agents Used

Because of the probability of groundwater having bacteria, sewage, and other harmful elements, technicians wear protective equipment during the cleanup and test the water to determine the nature of any contaminants, so the appropriate treatments get used. Articles that hold up against immersion cleaning stand the best chance for restoration because items need to get sanitized before reuse. 

Structural Damage is Common

Flood loss frequently brings structural damage. The basement had sheetrock over cinderblock and brick walls. The sheetrock was a loss as it wicked a substantial amount of water and the walls underneath needed thorough drying. SERVPRO technicians have specific cleaning formulas for use on masonry and the application of antimicrobials to inhibit mold growth after drying. 

SERVPRO of Davie & Yadkin Counties at (336) 677-1415 is available 24/7 to assist local properties with any size flood damage. With their advanced cleaning methods and rebuilding services, the techs make the loss "Like it never even happened." 

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