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Why We Are The Leader In Wilmington Flood Damage Restoration

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Identifying Problem Areas after Flood Damage Incidents in Wilmington

After overcoming the shock of dealing with flooding incidents, you have to clean up and rebuild your Wilmington home. The process can be lengthy or straightforward, depending on the extent of damage caused. Some unexpected problems might also develop delaying or hampering restoration in other ways. One advantage of working with a professional like SERVPRO is the possibility of identifying such obstacles early. Common obstacles preventing the restoration of flood damage include:

  • Barriers to Fast Water Extraction
  • Issues Affecting Decontamination
  • Barriers Preventing Moisture Removal
  • Contents Overcrowding the Work Area

Although heavy soiling is the most likely outcome of flood damage incidents in Wilmington, overexposure to moisture is likely to cause most of the problems that develop. Fast water extraction, either in liquid, gaseous, or another form, can help stop secondary damages from occurring. Our SERVPRO crews try to establish whether there are factors that can hamper such extraction immediately. If the water reaches hidden cavities such as wall panels and subfloors, access even with sophisticated extraction equipment can be difficult. For the moisture soaked into materials such as wall panels, barriers such as wallpaper or glossy paint can hamper removal. Venting air movers into the wall cavities helps quicken drying in case of a barrier which punching weep holes or making flood cuts releases water from cavities.

Flood damage introduce a wide range of contaminants into the house, including biohazards, chemicals, and fuel oils. Cleaning procedures can remove these contaminants effectively, especially when detergents or other cleaning agents are used. However, contaminants can remain in the structure after cleaning because most of the cleaning products work through direct contact. The presence of porous materials such as carpets, upholstery, and gypsum-based wall panels in the areas reached by floodwaters can hamper decontamination because cleaning alone cannot eliminate all contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians perform controlled demolition to remove such porous materials.

Identifying any potential obstacles before starting the restoration helps fast track the process. Call SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington at (302) 762-8080 to help plan and execute the restoration of damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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