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What are the Options for Boynton Beach Residents to Properly Deal With Flood Damage?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Water invading living room; chair floating Water can build up outside quickly and eventually force its way inside your house causing flood damage to occur.

Flood Damage Techs in Boynton Beach Talk About Issues That Can Occur After A Storm

If a violent storm ever strikes the Boynton Beach area, it can create a very frightening situation. Water can build up outside quickly and eventually force its way inside your house causing flood damage to occur. The number of claims resulting from storm-related damage has been on a steady climb for the last fifteen years. During the last 5 years, there have been over $1.2 billion in claims each year. The worst part is that flood damage is not covered under some homeowner's insurance policies.

The first thing to do once a storm hits is to make sure you and your family are safe. After the storm passes, it is then wise to call in SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Boynton Beach to assess the situation. As soon as our professionals receive your call, we show up and start by making sure your home is safe to occupy after the suffering the storm's wrath.

Once our SERVPRO team decides everything is safe and free of potential safety hazards, we inspect the entire home for problems. To determine if materials got wet or not we use specialized moisture sensors. If water comes in from the outside and gets in from lower door seals, then the carpet is usually the first item in your home to start absorbing moisture. If this is the case, we use our sensors and follow the wet carpet until we find a dry area.

In severe situations, the carpet may become so wet that it starts to delaminate. When this occurs, we remove the carpet and pad and focus on drying out the subfloor and other structural materials. To dry out subflooring, we use a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the evaporation rate.

Equipment SERVPRO Uses to Remove Floodwater in Boynton Beach

Those who have experienced flood damage know the kind of stress that such incidents bring along. The worst thing is that the destruction gets worse as time goes by, which means the issues need much urgency. Since the Boynton Beach area is prone to heavy rains and storms, staying prepared and working with professionals can help in mitigating the damage.

Our SERVPRO technicians choose the appropriate equipment to remove water from your Boynton after a flood damage incident. Some of the extractors can remove standing water from floors, as well as clean your upholstery and carpets. When we are performing cleaning, we use all the components of a water extractor - vacuum system, heater, and pump. Otherwise, we mostly use the vacuum component during the mitigation process.

There are two categories of water extractors - truck mounted and portable extractors. We use the portable ones when removing water from areas with limited access, and their tank size is usually between 5 - 12 gallons, and have a water lift of around 140 inches. On the other hand, truck-mounted extractors are robust with a storage tank that ranges from 60 - 100+ gallons and have a water lift of between 185.71 - 198.98 inches.

The aggressiveness of the extraction tool is one of the factors that our SERVPRO technicians consider when choosing the equipment. The water can make the carpets to become weaker, which means aggressive extraction may lead to delamination. We usually use more massive devices when extracting water from heavy carpeting. We perform thorough extraction before we can use other drying techniques such as dehumidification. The use of pumps is also helpful during water extraction – though we first make sure there are no solid particles in the standing water.

If the water gets deep inside your house, the drywall may start to soak up moisture. If the lower section of your wall covering material got saturated, then we may have to remove some of the drywall. If the wet area is only in the lower sections of the walls, then we can get away with just making a "flood cut" a foot or two up from the floor. If your home gets devastated by a vicious storm, call SERVPRO of Boynton Beach at (561) 413-9754 any time of the day.

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