Key Factors That Mitigate Flood Damage in Shore Acres
SERVPRO Follows Protocols to Minimize Storm Damage to Properties and Possessions
After experiencing flood damage, drying your contents and building needs to be done as soon as possible. For successful drying, there are four key factors that we take into consideration, and these are air movement, temperature, humidity, and the quantity of water to extract and evaporate from the site. We are going to let you know how these factors relate when salvaging and restoring your Shore Acres property to its earlier state.
The practice that our SERVPRO technicians follow when attending to flood damage incidents in Shore Acres is to remove the moisture from wet materials to the drier surrounding and establish equilibrium. If there is standing water on the site, we first conduct physical extraction before carrying out evaporation and dehumidification processes. That is because removing gases is on-going while physically removing liquids. We use submersible pumps, portable and truck-mounted pumps to extract the water. The choice of equipment depends on the quantity of water and the accessibility of the structure. Sometimes, a mob and bucket suffice for surface removal of water.
When we increase the temperature of the rooms to around 70° to 90° using portable heaters if necessary in this sub-tropical area of Florida, the wet materials lose moisture to the surrounding air. Often storms occur during the heat of the summer. With time, we end up with too much moisture in the air, and we have to install dehumidifiers to prevent secondary damage when condensation sets in. The work of dehumidifiers is to absorb the water vapor. When using these devices, we aim at achieving a relative humidity which is lower than 40% so that the additional moisture in the air does not slow the rate of evaporation.
Air movement is another essential process since it increases the rate of drying. It achieves this by moving the humid and damp air from the wet surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians adhere to IICRC regulations when positioning air movers for high efficiency. It is vital to understand that there is a big difference between fans and air movers. Directional, high-velocity air movers weep wetness from surfaces mitigating water damage.
The goal of SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is to make your property be restored to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 522-0000 when you face water, fire, mold and storm damage, and we can give you proven services.
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