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Looking for Hidden Damages After a Flood

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

After a heavy storm, many of the signs that your home has sustained flooding or other water damage are typically pretty obvious, however, there are some places that could have hidden pockets of water that may not be quite as obvious.

Crawl spaces are the area of your home that typically separates the first floor of a home from the ground. It also is typically where you would find the essential structural materials like plumbing and electrical wiring. Because this area is on the ground it is more susceptible to water damage during storms. If not properly dried, this can lead to structural deterioration, mold issues, and damage to your plumbing, wiring, and insulation as well. A professional restoration company like us here at SERVPRO of Chesterfield and SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus will be able to enter your crawlspace and identify any areas of hidden moisture that you might otherwise not be able to see.

Attics are another area often forgotten about after storms. Heavy storms have the potential to damage your roof and allow moisture to enter your attic. Because attics are often not climate controlled like the rest of your house is, they are typically areas of large temperature swings, and higher humidity, so when additional moisture is present and not addressed it can be incredibly problematic. Be sure to check out your attic regularly and inspect for any signs of water damage and moisture buildup, especially after any heavy storms. If you’re ever unsure of an area our team is trained to identify problem areas and have special equipment that helps us spot moisture in hidden spots.

Once any issues have been identified the first step is to remove the damaged materials and begin to dry it out. Our team will place air movers and dehumidifiers to help reduce moisture in the air as well as pull it out of your structural materials. Once it is dry, we can address any issues with damaged components that may need either repaired or in some cases replaced.

Remember that water damage will continue to get worse the longer that it sits on your property so it is imperative to act quickly and address any issues you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call us and let us know how we can help get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”

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