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Is Water Damage Being Stored in Your Orlando Crawlspace?

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Crawlspace Restoration after Water Damage in your Orlando Property

After long periods of heavy rainfall, you may discover excess water in the crawlspaces of your home. These areas can be especially difficult to restore by yourself for several reasons.  Access points may be small, or the ground is dirt or mud resulting in grey or black water contamination issues.  Also, ground settling may create uneven footings that could be dangerous as well as the presence of loose wiring and electrics. Using a professional to restore these areas ensures not only your safety but also the long term health of your property.

We have expert technicians available for the restoration of water damage in Orlando and the surrounding area. We also have a specific method for restoring crawlspaces that may have excess moisture resulting from slow leaks or heavy rainfall. The biggest challenge we face in this kind of restoration is finding a way to bring in specific equipment like dehumidifiers or extraction units.  We may also need to temporarily remove insulation to gain proper access to the affected area.

Since crawlspaces are often narrow and enclosed, any water residing there is slow to evaporate naturally. SERVPRO can combat this by blocking off foundation vents and putting up drying tents to create a closed drying system. A closed drying system allows us to concentrate our efforts on a particular area of the crawlspace by establishing artificial airflow and dehumidification. We do this by using a combination of rapid air-movers fitted with large flex hoses to evaporate moisture with desiccant dehumidifiers deployed to then remove that moisture from the air.

Throughout the process of drying a crawlspace, SERVPRO monitors the relative humidity using thermal hygrometers and moisture content readings from insulation or structure. This measuring ensures that the restoration procedure is going as expected.  It also ensures the conditions inside your crawlspace do not promote mold growth, which can be exceptionally damaging throughout your home. We recommend homeowners install a vapor barrier after the restoration of a crawlspace which can prevent plumbing rust as well as electrical shorts.  

As soon as you notice the presence of water in your crawlspace, contact SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights at (407) 985-3200.

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How to Dry Water Damaged Flooring in Orlando

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

If water is not quickly removed from hardwood floors, warping and buckling can occur.

Water Damage to Floors and Carpets in Orlando Needs Professional Attention 

A gleaming hardwood floor or expanse of beautifully soft carpeting is the first impression family and guests have when walking into your Orlando home. If a water loss spreads across the oak, cherry, or exotic wood or saturates the carpet and padding a bucket and mop or household fan is inadequate to resolve the problem. Engaging a reliable full-service remediation company to help with recovery is the approach that delivers the most successful results. 

Water damage in Orlando stems from many causes. Plumbing leaks and appliance breakdowns are by far the most common. Fortunately, supply line breaches are usually a Category 1 water emergency, meaning that fast action can save structural components and fixtures like carpets in many cases. The water is relatively free of contaminants, and if removed within 24 to 48 hours mold growth potential minimizes. 

The SERVPRO team arrives as soon as possible after your call, and an assessment and project planning complete quickly. Using equipment stocked on our service vehicles, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians implement the plan immediately. 

When hardwood floors receive water damage, we use pumps and extractors to remove visible water. Then we set up negative air pressure systems by sealing mats to the floor and hoses connected to powerful extraction machinery to suction water from between the planks and subfloor. Our technicians use state-of-the-art moisture metering and thermal imaging equipment to ensure no pockets of liquid water lie trapped beneath as we work across the surface of the floor. Hardwood floors can appear dry yet wick up moisture from saturated substrate. Development of cupping or crowning if moisture persists distorts the smoothness of the surface and signals continuing water deterioration. 

Carpeting needs special attention. SERVPRO experts inspect the extent of the water damage and use wanded extractors to mitigate or limit the migration of moisture to unaffected areas of the floor covering. Once we contain the spreading moisture, weighted wands allow us to dry many carpets in place. Removal of the padding might be a recommendation as it is inexpensive to replace yet holds large quantities of water. Our technicians use great care when extracting the water, avoiding stretching the fabric of the carpet, which can cause delamination, which is the separation of the carpet from its backing. Multiple passes ensure we remove all water eventually. Thorough removal makes the final drying phase with heated air movers and dehumidifiers less time and energy consuming, and more effective as well.  

SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights invests in the training and the equipment needed to return your water damaged floors and carpet to “Like it never even happened.” One call, day or night, to (407) 985-3200 sets the remediation process in motion. 

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If A Water Damage Disaster Occurs In Your Conway Laundry Room, Our Crew Can Help!

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

If you need our services to clean up your disaster, give us a call at (407) 985-3200 today.

Taking Care Of Water Removal In A Conway Laundry Room

In a society reliant on electrical appliances, we tend to expect them to work without fail. Water removal may prove necessary; however, when a faulty washing machine hose gives way and covers your floor with water. It can be stressful to consider taking on such a monumental cleanup task on your own, as missed spots can easily lead to mold growth or structural damage.

When appliance failures result in you needing water removal in your Conway home, certified SERVPRO professionals have the tools necessary to clean, dry, and deodorize your home while preserving your possessions.

In cases where water affects porous surfaces such as carpet, it is vital to thoroughly extract moisture that has been absorbed quickly to preserve carpet, padding, and the subflooring underneath. If water from your laundry room has reached your carpet, we can use air movers and dehumidifiers both above and underneath flooring to address moisture absorbed by carpet. Fast drying in conjunction with EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaner is key to preserving your carpet and shielding it from potential mold growth.

In cases where hardwood is affected by water, it can also be preserved. Drying mats with suction devices attached can be placed on the floor at ground level to accelerate moisture evaporation. This process is often aided by plastic sheeting that acts as a conduit for directing moist air out of your home. SERVPRO technicians often use a 6-millimeter thick plastic or poly sheeting that, when taped down, isolates moist air for easy collection. Not only does this drying method aid in collecting water from hardwood flooring and plywood subflooring, but it keeps dehumidifiers from being overwhelmed while they help dry other surfaces. In some cases, dehumidifiers may also be operating inside the plastic tenting to extract moisture.

SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights is prepared to clean up any size disaster in the area. If you need our services to clean up your disaster, give us a call at (407) 985-3200 today.

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Are You Loading Water Damage in Your Pine Castle Washing Machine

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Appliance malfunctions are one of the biggest causes of water damage.

When Water Damage Surprises You in Pine Castle

A backed up washing machine might be hilarious on TV, but it's a lot less funny when it happens to you. Water and suds spilling across your floor are more like a horror show in real life. You may feel helpless, but SERVPRO is here for you. There is enough stress in your life, and broken washing machines increase that stress. There is no need to figure out how to move everything and soak up the mess yourself. We can arrive promptly to help you restore your home to its preloss condition.  

Handling water damage in your Pine Castle home can be more of a chore than you anticipated. Our Project managers can handle your cleanup and restoration assessment quickly. You need the right person for every job, with the right equipment, and SERVPRO can provide this to you. You may not be aware that balancing the number of air movers and dehumidifiers prevents secondary water damages, but we have a technician for every problem. The average home does not have dehumidifiers and air movers just sitting in the garage waiting for a water emergency, but we do. Our IICRC certified technicians can work hard to mitigate warped and buckled wood flooring or to dry out the concrete under the tiles. If your water damage gets into the baseboards, we can dry that too. Wherever you have water damage, we have the experts and equipment to take care of it.  

Water damage can get worse over time. As little as one day can make a huge difference in how much repair you may need. Don't just mop and guess. Our team can swoop in, and handle the situation. After all, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster! No matter what your situation is when we arrive, we are ready to handle it. Let your towels stay in the linen closet. SERVPRO can use our state of the art technology and expert training to remedy your situation. We can even help you figure out salvageable items and what needs to be removed and replaced for your safety.

You can count on SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

We are available to help 24/7 by calling (407) 985-3200.

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A Simple Yet Effective Plan for Flood Damage Remediation in Conway

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Pipe breaks in your home can cause extensive flooding in many rooms. Call SERVPRO right away for water removal and drying services.

Why SERVPRO Offers Fast Response to Conway Pipe Flood Incidents

The same plumbing systems in your Conway property that help make life easy can cause considerable misery in case of a pipe burst. Most people only associate plumbing systems with the kitchen or washroom, but flooding can happen in any section of your property since the pipes crisscross the entire property. If a pipe bursts in the ceiling, it can cause many problems since the spilling water affects everything from the ceiling, walls, and contents before it reaches the floor. You need to involve a professional to help you deal with the damages.
Each case of Conway pipe flooding is unique, and therefore any response plan mooted must adapt to the unique conditions faced. The main factors that influence the response include the point of origin of the spill, how long the property remains submerged, and the materials present in the affected area. Spills that originate from a higher level of the property, whether it is the ceiling or a bathroom on a higher floor, end up causing more damages. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected areas along with your insurance adjuster to determine what to salvage as well as the best remedial approach.
Fast extraction of water from the affected property usually forestalls many problems including mold development and deterioration of materials due to excess moisture. Because most homes are packed full of belongings like furniture, clothes, toys and many others, what should be easy can end up taking longer than usual. Our SERVPRO crews combine both low-tech and high-tech resources to remove the water fast. Our low-tech resources include mops, sponges and buckets. Our high-tech gear includes wet-dry vacs, dehumidifiers, and air movers. The combination of these resources helps us multitask thus achieving the water extraction goal faster.
Water spills are likely to necessitate cleanup even when the water involved is from a clean source. As the water affects different materials, dyes are likely to run leading to stains. The water also sweeps any dirt and debris on its way soiling carpets, upholstery and other fabric materials. Our SERVPRO team includes WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, and CCT, Carpet Cleaning Technicians, who handle any necessary cleanup in your property.
For fast response in case of flood damage, call SERVPRO of Conway /Holden Heights to help. You can reach us at (407) 985-3200 any time.

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What SERVPRO Can Do For You When Water Damage Strikes Your Sky Lake Home

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Don't take matters into your own hands, call a trained professional with SERVPRO when you have a toilet overflow.

Water Removal Services for Your Sky Lake Home

When you have a toilet overflow in your Sky Lake home, it can cause damage in other areas of your home, primarily if it was in an upstairs bathroom. You not only need to be concerned about the bathroom, but also the ceiling and the room below it. Hopefully, the issue is caught before it gets that far, but if not, a professional remediation company can address the issues in all affected areas.

Water loss removal services are needed in your Sky Lake home after an event like a toilet overflowing.   At SERVPRO, our professionally trained staff have all the knowledge and equipment necessary to handle the restoration of several areas of your home after a water disaster. The sooner you get in touch with us, the faster we can get there and prevent even more damage.

Some of SERVPRO techs water mitigation and drying systems dry carpet and pad without removing the pad. It is called in-place drying, and the basic idea is to extract the carpet more thoroughly and raise the number of dehumidifiers and air movers. The carpet is not rolled back, nor the pad removed, but instead the pad is dried in place.

Although this process can increase the overall drying time and raises the amount of equipment needed, some advantages can make this method worth it. As the homeowner, you and your family experience less disruption, and your furniture does not have to be moved out of the room. There is less water damage done to the carpet as well since we do not need to cut seams or reinstall the carpet. There is also a lower chance of delamination.

The extraction process of an in-place drying system has to be aggressive. Specialty weighted equipment which squeezes water out of the pad and carpet is needed. Drying your carpeting and padding like this doubles or triples the drying time, but we save time by not detaching the carpet and removing the pad. Approximately one hour is spent extracting for each three hundred square feet.

SERVPRO of Conway/Holden Heights can be trusted for your water removal needs when your home in Belle Isle, Pine Castle, or Edgewood suffers water damage. You can reach us anytime by dialing (407) 985-3200, and we won’t waste time getting to your property to help you.

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SERVPRO Can Provide Five Easy Solutions to Water Damage Mitigation in Belle Isle--Call Us Times 5

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Ponding Water Outside in Belle Isle, Or in a Home--Avoid Hazards and Extensive Damage and Call SERVPRO for Removal

Five Situations Where In-Place Drying Is Inappropriate for Belle Isle Homeowners

Water removal and restoration is an extensive process. To clean, dry and restore your home to pre-water damage condition, experts use advanced technology. There comes a time when in-place drying seems like the best choice. Well, there are situations where it is inappropriate. Here are five examples where in-place drying is not necessary.

Black or Gray water damage
Black water contains unsanitary agents, harmful fungi and bacteria. As water removal experts in Belle Isle, we always warn homeowners not to come into contact with Black Water. Doing so can result in sickness. Classified as Category 3, sources include sewage, standing water and rising water from rivers. Gray Water is Category 2 water and contains contaminants too. This water can also cause illness if exposed to it. Often this water originated as clean, potable water but absorbed undesirable and contaminated elements from the environment. Is your home flooded with Gray or Black water? Then in-place drying is not recommended.
Presence of sensitive items
If your electronics, papers, books and even artwork are damaged by water, top-down drying is also not recommended. In-place drying calls for the removal of water without moving anything out of your home. Since sensitive items cannot be dried in place, this method is inappropriate. We can offer lyophilization where we freeze-dry papers, documents, and such and then under a vacuuming process, draw the sublimated moisture directed from the frozen state to the gaseous phase, thus eliminating the wetness effect of liquid. It just takes the right equipment manned by a skilled SERVPRO technician.

Evidence of structural damage
If water removal experts detect structural damage to your subflooring, they cannot proceed unless the support can hold the weight of the equipment. Typically, if it cannot, a controlled demolition can be required to stymie the water damage from continuing unabated.

Evidence of mold growth
If flooding has lasted for more than 72 hours in your home, mold growth may have already started. In this case, in-place drying cannot be used. Using this method can spread the spores to other rooms. This exposes your family to health effects.

Non-porous pad
During top-down drying, your carpet is never rolled back. This is the same with the pad. SERVPRO water removal experts use air movers, dehumidifiers and water extraction equipment to dry your pad. If it has a non-porous layer, the carpet can trap water underneath. This makes the water extraction process more complicated. Floating a carpet can be an option as we strive to restore and not replaced materials after a water loss.

SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights is a leader in the water removal and restoration industry. As experts, we provide 24-hour emergency service to help minimize the damage to your home. To get the job done right the first time, call our 24/7 emergency line at (407) 985-3200.

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Water Removal is a Process in Sky Lake

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage wreaks havoc on your home, call SERVPRO to dry out your property.

Team SERVPRO Arrives at Your Home with BOTH Water Detection and Water Removal Equipment

Natural Flood, pipe leaks, sewer backup, washer overflow, toilet problems, and pump failure can wreak water havoc to your home in Sky Lake. You may feel like you have lost all control of your home, and it can only get worse if you hire a company that rips and tears your walls, furniture, carpet, and other personal belongings out of its place. This process can leave you clutching your chest in agony as well as a hole in your wallet.
Water removal in Sky Lake is not an easy task. Homeowners often try to clean the water problems without consulting the experts, which would only cause more damage and problems. There are a lot of components that are involved in water damage restoration. It's not something that a beginner should consider tackling. You would need to replace everything that was involved in the water damage immediately. If you ignore this process, then mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria can grow in your house. Hiring a water restoration company is a smart decision because they have all the tools that are needed to take out extra water to prevent further damage. Plus, a thorough cleaning and drying process would require an experienced water damage restoration services.
A SERVPRO technician would contact you to arrange a service within one hour of notice that water damage has occurred. Then within four hours, a uniformed, trained techs would be on-site to start the mitigation service, which is a fast acting method of extracting water out of the area. These technicians would use advanced technology such as moisture sensors, moisture meters, and Thermohygrometers to detect the amount of moisture in the air. These equipment help them determine the best drying process that would get the job done.
SERVPRO has other high-tech equipment such as the extractor to help remove water from carpets and other flooring material. Air movers would enhance evaporation to reduce drying time. Dehumidifiers would extract water vapor from the air. After removing all the water, they would use deodorizer equipment such as thermal foggers to produce the fog that has tiny particles of deodorant solutions to neutralize any odor caused by the water damage. Afterward, these technicians would perform a thorough walk-through with you to make sure that you are delighted with the service.
With SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights, you can expect reliable and excellent customer services and experts to get the job done. Call (919) 790-1222 to set up an appointment to speak with our skilled and experienced technicians.

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Water Damage Experts In Edgewood Talk About The Different Types Of Humidity

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Relative and Specific Humidity Affect SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Techniques in Edgewood Homes

Moisture Level Affects Water Recovery in Edgewood Area Homes

Whenever excessive moisture gets inside a building in Edgewood, the types of problems it causes can be grouped into two categories. When water leaks from a pipe or an appliance, it can cause problems as it comes into contact with contents and building materials. Anything that happens as a result of direct contact with liquid water such as the delamination of carpet is considered primary damage. Once water gets inside a structure, it naturally raises humidity levels indoors when moisture from wet materials evaporates into the air. Elevated humidity levels can also cause issues with building materials as water transfers from the air to materials that are not wet to reach equilibrium. When water vapor is the primary cause of the structural problems, they get classified as secondary damage.
Extraction procedures help reduce primary issues, and structural drying helps mitigate both types of problems. When our SERVPRO technicians deal with any kind of water damage situation near Edgewood, we monitor relative and specific humidity. Controlling humidity levels in a structure help speed up structural drying times. Wet materials dry out faster if the humidity inside a building is kept as low as possible using air movers and dehumidifiers. Monitoring and strategic placement of these devices optimize drying times. When we keep humidity levels low, we also reduce the amount of water vapor in the air, therefore, causing less secondary issues.
Relative humidity is a measure of how much water is in the air at any given temperature. RH is expressed as a percentage so if the relative humidity is 100% then the air is holding as much moisture as it can at that temperature. At this point, if not sooner, condensation can occur inside the building. "Raining" inside your home can only exacerbate the already water damaging effects. Air can hold more water at higher temperatures so increasing the temperature inside a house will lower the relative humidity inside it.
Since the temperature has such a huge effect on relative humidity, it is not always a good gauge as to how much water exists in the air. Specific humidity is the actual amount of moisture in the air. When our SERVPRO technicians measure specific humidity, they are counting the actual grains of moisture in each pound of air. To find specific humidity, we measure relative humidity levels and the room's temperature. We then put these numbers in a psychrometric chart that gives us the grains per pound number.
Using a psychrometric chart can come in handy when rapidly drying structural components. If you ever need help with issues related to water or humidity, call SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights at (407) 985-3200 24 hours a day.

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Thorough Restoration Work Following Water Damage In Your Edgewood Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing water damage to your Edgewood home can often be an impossible task.

Water Damage In Your Home

Of all of the things in your Edgewood home that could get ruined by the presence of water where it should not be, one of the things most at risk is drywall and flooring materials. These elements often get placed directly in the line of fire when you have a water emergency, or even just a moderate incident. While you might not be able to prevent the damaging effects water can have on these elements entirely, fast reaction times can allow for a lessened severity of these issues.

Preventing water damage to your Edgewood home can often be an impossible task. There are far too many potential sources and variables to safeguard your home completely, so the most suitable solution is to have professional restoration services you recognize and trust prepared for when something goes amiss. The faster that you can reach out to SERVPRO and our professionals, the more efficient we can be at removing the water, repairing the source of the problem, and getting your home back to pre-damage condition.

Our SERVPRO technicians can appreciate that every situation is different. Therefore, various tools and equipment are a necessity from job to job to finish them successfully. One common thread is the use of drying equipment like air movers and dehumidification machines, as this is the industry standard in moisture removal for residences and commercial properties.

Unfortunately, much of the water damage that homeowners face ultimately affects flooring or drywall throughout the home, and removal and replacement can sometimes be a requirement when the material gets too severely damaged to salvage. Depending on the magnitude of this replacement task, our professionals can often do this rebuilding themselves as part of the restoration plan.

Overcoming water damage in your home is never something that homeowners want to contend with, but these things do happen. If they happen to you, believe in our SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights water restoration specialists to help you return your home to its prior conditions. Give us a call anytime at (407) 985-3200.

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Recovering From Water Damage To Your Edgewood Residence

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Leaky Dishwasher in Edgewood? Call SERVPRO to Remove the Water--"Like it never even happened."

Appliances Are Often the Culprits Causing Water Leaks--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Drying

While many disasters can threaten your Edgewood home, perhaps one of the most typical of these potential issues is a water emergency. While this could include natural disasters and flash flooding situations, often it boils down to aging materials in your house and homeowner errors that attribute to damages that require professional restoration.  
Perhaps one of the most common issues that present water damage to your Edgewood residence would be large appliances like your water heater. While everyone is aware that appliances draw more power and cost you more on monthly utilities as they get too old, it often gets disregarded that the components within them that keep tight seals for water are aging and degrading as well. Over time, small and seemingly insignificant leaks can turn disastrous, spewing high volumes of water on the floor surrounding the appliance.  
Once the water has gotten successfully stopped from the valve attached to the appliance itself, you are left to contend with a significant water emergency that requires your immediate attention. The longer that water can seep into flooring and walls, the more damage that it ultimately causes to these components as well as the structural integrity of your entire home.  
While extraction might be a necessity for the situation, our SERVPRO team assesses the full scope of the damage throughout both the immediate area and adjoining walls and floors. For areas that cannot get seen easily, thermal imagery gets used to determine the farthest reaches of the water damage. Equipment like our drying mats can penetrate deep into floors to dry up the area, while our injectidry system can remove any moisture from inside of affected walls. For basic drying, a combination of wet vacs for spot extraction and air movers for moisture removal work to rid the area of remaining water.  
When you are battling older appliances, even the best of routine maintenance might not be enough. If your appliance decides to leave you a water emergency to battle, trust the SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess. We can be reached 24/7 at (407) 985-3200.  

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Malfunctioning Appliances Can Cause Water Damage To Your Conway Home

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Maintain Your Conway Home Appliances to Prevent Water Damage

SERVPRO Mitigates Damage Caused by Water Leaks

While there are many things that you might be able to control in your Conway home, there are several unpredictable elements that are sure to keep you on your toes. Having appliances is a convenience that most residents in the area are sure to include in their homes. When these machines decide to break down or malfunction, the resulting damage can be very overwhelming and far out of the skill set of the homeowners.
Water damage to your Conway home often happens without any warning, so you should always be prepared for the possibility by knowing a reliable restoration company that you can call. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified restoration specialists have the tools and experience to handle most any degree of damage that your home might endure from the unexpected water.
From the moment that we arrive at your home, our primary concern is to find and remove the source of the water damage to prevent the problem from persisting. If you have not already located and disrupted the flow of water through the malfunctioning appliance, the volume on the floor could be substantial leading to on-going degradation of possessions and building materials.
Extraction and drying are primary components of the complete restoration process for your home. Extracting the water typically involves our wet vacs and portable pumps, provided that the volume of water does not warrant the use of truck-mounted pumps. Drying often gets accomplished through the use of our air movers and dehumidifiers.
Structural damage assessment occurs once the water gets dried completely. The process is thorough and includes the use of state-of-the-art thermal imagery to ensure that no lingering water persists inside the walls out of the line of our SERVPRO technicians' sight. Low-scale structural repairs like drywall replacement can get accomplished by our professional specialists during this restoration process, while more extensive and more significant damages can be readied for a contractor by our team.
While you cannot predict when an appliance is going to malfunction and cause water damage to your home, you can get prepared with whom you intend to call during an emergency like this. Our SERVPRO of Conway / Holden Heights emergency response team is available 24/7 at (407) 985-3200.

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