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Remediating Oak Park Flood Damage

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

The primary source of flood damage in Oak Park is the standing water.

Remediating Flood Damage

Too much rainfall can harm every home, and that has certainly been the case for Oak Park this year. If the rain swells streams and creeks, what was minor damage can quickly run into thousands of restoration and replacement costs.

The primary source of flood damage in Oak Park is the standing water. The longer it stays in place means higher restoration costs. Removing it lowers the costs, but it does not eliminate them. SERVPRO restoration teams do that by removing all moisture from the structure, the property inside, and the air inside the home. To lower the humidity, our technicians have two system options: Closed or Open.

The Closed system is usually the best choice for smaller homes. We seal the affected rooms from the outside air and the rest of the house. In most cases, we can cover all entry and exit points with plastic sheeting. The machine we use here is a dehumidifier. Depending on how high the moisture content is, each one we put in place can draw up to 25 gallons of water from the air each day. If the heating system is available, we slowly increase the temperature, so we do not inadvertently increase the humidity.

The Open system is the SERVPRO preferred method for larger homes and commercial facilities. We open up the doors and windows and use air movers to force warm, dry air throughout the home. At the same time, we place large fans at the entrances and exits to draw out the cooler, damp air inside the house. To effectively use the Open system, we need higher temperatures and lower humidity levels outside the home. That limits our use to the warmer months of the year.

The Open system works faster than the Closed option, but it does have certain drawbacks. We need more technicians to monitor the additional equipment and keep an eye on the home since it is more vulnerable to vandalism and theft. If the weather turns bad suddenly, as it occasionally does in Minnesota, we have to either stop operations or change to the Closed option.

Remediating flood damage in your home only starts with pumping out the water. Finishing the task and returning your home to its original state requires a professional company. If you us, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 today.

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