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Water Removal Essential for Van Buren Carpeted Family Room

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic with title and logo Water Extraction can begin fast when you call SERVPRO!

When your Van Buren home experiences a water heater leak the amount of fluid absorbed by the carpet in an adjoining family room can be considerable. Resist the temptation to handle the issue yourself. Merely pushing the water standing near the heater to a drain might miss migration into nearby structures. Putting a fan and dehumidifier next to the carpet after wet vacuuming is most likely ineffective, risking secondary mold damage and the progressive deterioration of the fabric and padding.

Thorough water removal in your Rogers house is essential, even when you catch the water loss and take action fast. Consumer dry/wet vacuums are not nearly as powerful as the extractors our professionals use. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training our technicians complete prepares our crews for the challenges of water removal from expensive carpeting. 

Even when SERVPRO brings in commercial air movers and high-efficiency dehumidifiers to complete drying, it is vital to remove the bulk of the water with pumps and extractors. We check out the room where the broken water heater stood, using thermal imaging and moisture meters to locate any moisture trapped behind walls or absorbed into building materials. We use weep holes or flood cuts to release liquid water as even the most advanced drying equipment cannot reach and dry those spaces.

When comparing extraction versus dehumidification, extraction is so much more effective. SERVPRO first mitigates the spread of water into your carpet with extraction wands and then uses weighted equipment to force the majority of the water out. Training and experience are crucial because the fabric of the carpet can tear or stretch during this process. Many passes are necessary, which also can cause delamination, the separation of the carpet from its backing if the operator is not skilled.

SERVPRO technicians also learn how to decide whether to remove and replace padding or dry in place during IICRC coursework. Padding is relatively inexpensive and can provide an environment for mold or mildew if incompletely dried. We collaborate with you and your insurance company when making the call.

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration needs. Our team of professionals is trained to assess the damage and potential threats, extract and contain the affected area, dry, and restore your property to preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Crawford & South Washington Counties is available 24/7 by calling 479-318-6774.

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