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We Have The Proper Techniques In Clifton Park After A Water Loss

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

A basement covered in water after a water heater burst This home suffered a water loss after a supply line broke, needing fast cleanup. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Steps that Help in Proper Moisture Control When Restoring Water Damage Incidents in Clifton Park

Although it is possible to take preventive measures against water spills such as checking hot water tanks regularly, washing-machine hoses, and locating the main shutoff valves, preventing such incidents entirely is hard. Decisively dealing with the moisture released into the affected areas, helps ensure full recovery from water damage incidents.

When there is a water damage incident in Clifton Park, one has to remove any surface water left in the affected areas as well as any wetness that penetrates beyond the surface of building materials and contents such as wooden or upholstered furniture. Surface water is easier to manage, especially when using powerful extraction equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians use dry-wet vacs or truck-mounted water extractors to remove gallons of water within a short period.

The water that soaks into materials can present some challenges, especially if it is left in place. Drying procedures mostly utilize evaporation, so there is a chance that layers close to the surface may appear dry while there are still moisture traces left beneath the surface. Such traces can cause long-term problems such as rotting or mold development. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrating moisture meters to check for wetness hidden deep in materials. The meters have Teflon-coated probes ensuring they take readings only with the tips. We take readings continuously throughout the drying process concentrating mostly on the wettest areas because once they dry, the rest of the property is also dry. 

Another challenge of water damage is the need for consistent drying to prevent damages that can occur when the process is too fast or too slow. For example, speedy drying can cause wood to crack or warp. Constant monitoring helps establish whether drying procedures are appropriate. Our SERVPRO technicians take several readings from the same spot but at different layers to check how moisture levels are affected by the drying procedures, thus determining whether the rate of drying is appropriate.

Proper moisture control helps prevent long-term problems after a water spill incident. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 to help.

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