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SERVPRO Addresses Water Damage to Reading Home Structural Materials

11/16/2022 (Permalink)

drying mats on water damage hardwood floor in a bathroom No matter the size of water damage in your Reading home, we have the equipment to handle the situation.

Water Cleanup Services and Water Damage Prevention for Your Reading Home

Clean water damage is one of the most common categories of disaster in United States homes. It can be distressing to suddenly find water pouring into a Reading home from a leaky pipe, a sink overflow, or a malfunctioning washing machine.  Fast, effective drying strategies are necessary to prevent moisture from impacting property and create a welcoming mold environment.

SERVPRO water damage cleanup professionals in Reading remediate moisture exposure 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Restoration technicians use commercial-grade tools to quickly return affected residences to a clean and safe pre-damage condition with minimal disruption to homeowners' schedules when possible.

Why Leave Water Cleanup Tasks to Professionals?

While water remediation seems easy enough on the surface, the truth is that it often entails more restoration activities than homeowners might realize. Mopping up water from a pipe leak and calling a plumber to address the source might alleviate most of the issue. Still, moisture can linger in walls, ceilings, floors, or baseboards, creating mold growth or potential structural damage. Over time, this excess humidity can lead to more costly repairs because it has had more time to affect the property.

Homeowners can do the following to reduce the risk and effects of water damage:

  • Take photos of the damage as soon as it is detected, and have pictures of the property before damage occurs, if possible
  • Check vulnerable areas regularly, especially appliance supply lines and plumbing in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas
  • Call a restoration crew as soon as possible to mitigate damage
  • Avoid touching water that may have contacted electrical systems 
  • Contact utility providers when needed for assistance shutting off utilities like water and electricity safely

SERVPRO can remedy moisture that reduces home comfort and functionality while minimizing the time necessary to restore structural materials and belongings.

Eliminating Water Damage from Reading Properties with SERVPRO Solutions

Technicians can inspect the property with such tools as thermal imaging cameras and moisture sensors to formulate an effective drying plan. They can then deploy portable, back-mounted, or truck-mounted extraction equipment depending on the water volume. Specialized carpet wands can also remove water from carpeting, drapes, and upholstery.

Structural drying is greatly accelerated after extraction and is accomplished with the help of air movement and dehumidification units. SERVPRO techs can implement sealed polyethylene drying chambers in open spaces with small areas of moisture exposure for maximum efficiency. Sanitation is achieved with the help of EPA-registered biocide solutions, which can aid in microbial remediation. Drying also ensures that conditions become unsustainable for mold growth.

After cleaning and drying moisture, SERVPRO professionals can focus on rebuilding properties to a pre-damage condition. This process includes:

  • Installing and re-seaming carpeting
  • Implementing new drywall and baseboards where needed if the original materials are not restorable
  • Repainting walls
  • Making necessary repairs to compromised structures like waterlogged, irreparable subfloors

Odor control, which includes dozens of air cycles with high-powered ventilation box fans, keeps the air fresh and clean before and after deodorization and restoration. SERVPRO can also inspect and make necessary repairs to plumbing and electrical components, depending on the situation. 

Homeowners that need a crew that can remediate water damage can contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.

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