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How SERVPRO of Dunedin Can Help You After A Storm

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

a Caution sign with rain in the background Don't let storms and moisture ruin you home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

What's the Difference Between A Broken Pipe and Storm Water?

There is a risk with any water in Palm Harbor homes. The biggest difference between a broken pipe and stormwater is that storm flooding contains soil and other contaminants. These contaminants, if left untreated, can stain property and make carpets so unclean that they can’t be restored or used again. Quick removal and cleaning can restore much of a home's carpets and furniture to their pre-flood condition. 

What Are The First Steps When Dealing With Storm Water Damage?

The first thing our specialists’ do when cleaning Palm harbor flood damage is to spray an anti-bacterial agent over the water and affected surfaces. This reduces the risk of sickness to anyone that steps into the water or removes the contaminated property from the water and takes it to a dry location. They then follow up with these actions and equipment:

  • Specialists use pumps and other extraction devices to pull out any standing water or water trapped in carpets and floorboards. Doing this reduces any additional damage while also making carpet removal far easier. 
  • They then use additional anti-bacterial cleaners with sponges. They use cloths to clean and disinfect affected surfaces. For items, such as upholstered property, they have the option of using injectors to apply a cleaner to spots where the flooding reached. They will also use foggers to generate a cloud of cleaning particles that penetrate deeply to eliminate contaminants and any odors they can leave behind. 

How Do They Know It’s Dry Enough?

Our technicians use Moisture Meters calibrated for the type of property they are inspecting. As an example, a gypsum wall panel with too much moisture can give a reading at 40 points, which is too high to allow for natural evaporation before it begins to crack and crumble. Technicians use a combination of fans and air movers, along with regular checks, to bring the number down to an acceptable 12 points. 

At SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. To schedule a service call, you can contact our office today at (727) 793-1333. 

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