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How Can A Newport Homeowner Know The Chosen Water Restoration Approach Is Appropriate?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home A single incident of water damage at your North Kingston, South Kingstown, or Bristol home can be resolved differently.

Enhanced Training and Experience Ensures SERVPRO Offers the Best Water Damage Restoration Services in Newport

Once you realize that water has intruded into unwanted areas of your house, causing damages, the next step is to ascertain the means to address those damages. For most people seeking assistance from a professional water restoration company is the preferred approach. However, you may want to progress further and investigate the methods used to fix the damage to ensure you get the best solutions. SERVPRO is one of the premier restoration companies serving Newport residents.

Why should the water Damage restoration method matter to a Newport homeowner?
You might notice wide-ranging damages in your Newport house after a water intrusion incident. The damages might also affect all sorts of materials in furniture, structural materials, and even appliances. What most homeowners fail to realize is that some of the damages can be fixed in different ways, and each alternative solution might present some advantages and disadvantages. SERVPRO chooses the best approaches for the benefit of the homeowner.

What are some examples of different methods used to address the same problem?
    •    Removing items or drying them in place
    •    Restoring wet materials or replacing them
    •    The use of different chemical agents to stop microbial development

After removing the water that intrudes into your property, you have to find a way to deal with the materials that remain wet. You might think of initiating drying procedures in the affected areas as the best solution, but that might not apply in every case. Materials have different levels of porosity and other physical conditions, meaning that although they might all absorb water, some might retain more moisture than others do. Thus, conventional drying with the materials in place might not deliver the expected results. Removing materials for drying purposes can result in unnecessary damages. The decision made must, therefore, strike the correct balance.

Our firm is IICRC certified. We also have technicians qualified in Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying, which equips us with sufficient knowledge on how to handle different materials when they are affected by water. We also have various equipment to handle both approaches so we can choose in-place drying, if it is practical, or remove the affected materials for offsite drying and thus addressing any problem, “Like it never even happened.”

Is the decision to restore or replace the affected materials optional?
Water affects a wide range of materials in houses, including:
    •    Drywall
    •    Wood
    •    Insulation
    •    Carpets and pad

You may opt to change some of the materials in your house after they are exposed to water and damaged irreversibly. Choosing whether to replace or restore such materials may not seem optional since such a decision is driven by damage. However, you might want to ask what determines that damage to an item or material is irreversible. In some cases, it is the restoration methods available that works or fail to deliver the results you would expect.

Our SERVPRO technicians are highly-trained, allowing them to utilize different restoration techniques to save materials rather than declaring them damaged beyond repair whenever we notice some damage. In some cases, the speed of restoration determines whether materials can be salvaged or disposed of since the damage is beyond repair. For instance, a material such as drywall crumbles when exposed to water over extended periods. Our technicians can prevent such an outcome by evacuating standing water before it causes permanent damage by using high-efficiency water removal equipment, including:
    •    High-speed pumps
    •    Truck-mounted water extractors
    •    Portable water extractors

What choices are necessary when dealing with microbial growth?
Water intrusion in a house can kick-start different microbial development processes, including mold growth. There is a need to address such processes directly, even as you perform other procedures such as drying excess moisture. The restoration company you choose to handle the task can use chemical agents to deal with microbial growth. There are different categories of chemical agents that can be used for this purpose, each working differently. Our SERVPRO technicians study the qualities of different chemical agents, allowing us to make the right choice when the need arises. We use antimicrobial agents if the loss involves clean water, and the goal is to limit or stop microbial growth that leads to mold development. We use disinfectants such as Phenols, Quaternaries, or Alcohol when the idea is to destroy microorganisms, in case we establish that the water is contaminated.

A single incident of water damage at your North Kingston, South Kingstown, or Bristol home can be resolved differently. Call SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties to help you find the best solution. You can reach us at (401) 847-8145 at any time.

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