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What Tools Can Manage Saturated Materials in Your Teaneck Home?

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Basement Water If your home is victim of water damage call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood.

Flooding Can Threaten Many Porous Materials and Contents Throughout Your House, and We Have Multiple Strategies to Address These Concerns. 

Saturation and absorption are two considerable threats to Teaneck homes and businesses. When storm losses create structural breaches in a building, it can allow for runoff and other water penetration to enter the property. Standing water is a substantial concern for structures, especially when the exposed materials are porous and sensitive to absorption. Trapped water is an obstacle our SERVPRO technicians must address during flood recovery.

Flood damage in your Teaneck home can occur at many levels of severity. The most pressing obstacles and concerns must get addressed as soon as possible by our responding technicians. We have useful tools and strategies for mitigation explicitly designed to reduce loss and overall costs for restoration. Water removal, extraction, and drying are strategies critical to protecting and preserving saturated materials, furniture, and contents.

What Type of Flooding Affected Your Property?

Among the first considerations that must be made when our technicians arrive at the damaged address is the type of flooding that affects the house. Many loss situations might appear the same, but they require different extraction and mitigation approaches to resolve because of their origin. Understanding the emergency is part of the job scoping process where our technicians assess the damage and determine the ideal procedures to restore and recover your house. The objective in these situations is efficiency, so we seek to find the appropriate blend of tools, technology, demolition, and repair. Some of the common types of flood damage that we encounter include:

  • Roof Breaches – Damage to the roof of your home can happen quickly during a severe storm event. High winds and torrential rainfall can test the limitations of shingles, joists, and underlayment materials. Penetration can rapidly worsen once vulnerabilities exist. 
  • Basement Flooding – Groundwater or natural flooding can often target the lowest levels of your property, as water assumes the paths of least resistance. Without adequate diversion equipment installed or cleared floor drains, flooding in the basement can become a considerable obstacle for restoration technicians. 
  • Natural Flooding/Flash Flooding – Flash flooding scenarios are the most unpredictable, as these events can force water into the house and spread quickly through this main level of the property. These situations also come with debris, silt, mud, and other potential contaminants to address.

Why Is Surface Water a Concern? 

Standing water can quickly become a significant threat to your property under the right conditions. Even without the possibilities of contamination and other risks of natural flooding, absorption and saturation of flooring and wall systems can be devastating to structural elements. Pooling on the surface can often indicate some degree of absorption to flooring materials, like carpets, wood flooring, and even tiles can be susceptible to water migration. Understanding the severity of these situations can encourage prompt extraction and removal of standing water. We have multiple tools to help in this regard, including:

  • Wet Vacuums
  • Electric Submersible Pump
  • Trash Pump
  • Truck-Mounted Extractor

Can Carpet Wands Protect Flooring?

Carpet is among the most sensitive flooring materials after a flood. We must assess the severity of absorption upon arrival so that we can protect carpets, padding, and subflooring materials. The recovery of these flooring materials is strictly contingent on the lack of contamination threats. If natural flooding has affected your home, the likelihood of contaminants present in the standing water makes the restoration of carpeted floors impossible. When exposure has happened, the only suitable solution remaining is controlled demolition. If migration has not reached the subflooring, our contractors can often remove the carpet and padding to prevent further exposure to other areas and allow drying to be more efficient.

In clean water flooding scenarios, carpet wands can be an effective strategy to remove trapped moisture from the carpet's fibers and the padding layer beneath it. Their ability to run off of wet vacuums makes them a versatile attachment in residential flood recovery.

What Are the Weighted Extraction Options? 

Weighted extraction is another method of removing water and moisture from carpeted floors, specifically when it is possible to preserve the padding. There are many tools in our inventory that fit this description, and we can often utilize these devices to protect large areas of carpeting flooring that can get restored and dried after flood exposure.

  • Ride-On Units 
  • Stationary Extractors 
  • Remote-Controlled Units 

Flooding can be a complicated situation in your home, but our SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood team can help with capable equipment, competent technicians, and fast response. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (201) 266-0482.

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