Minimizing Flood Damage in Columbia Heights
Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Effectively Dry Out Your Flooded Property
Despite good weather forecasting, storms and flooding still surprise Columbia Heights residents and homeowners. No matter how often our city prepares for it, that first sign of water coming over the driveway and into the house is a shocking one.
That does not mean neighborhoods have to sit and wait for flood damage in Columbia Heights to go away, however. SERVPRO Restoration maintains an on-call response team to move in and minimize the damage to flooded homes quickly.
Our teams start with a series of pumps to remove standing water. Depending on the size of the home, they can bring in a small, portable pump, or use a truck-mounted pump that can provide its electricity if local power has been knocked out.
As technicians bring down the water, other SERVPRO specialists lift property out of the water and place it on blocks or pallets in the garage or another part of the home. Next, they install exhaust fans in the area to increase air circulation. They do this to allow water to run off the property and to speed up the drying process without causing any secondary damage to the furniture and other items.
With the standing water removed and property out of the way, our technicians begin drawing water out of carpets and wood floors using water extraction wands. Team members can adjust the vacuum speed of these devices to remove trapped water without damaging the nape of the carpet or the surface of the floorboards. The wands also have a heating element, so our personnel can also begin the drying process as well.
As they dry the carpets and floors, other specialists examine floor trim and walls for water. Drywall is an excellent building material, but the panels rapidly soak up water. If left untreated, the material begins to dissolve, and panels can crumble right off the wall framing. Response teams remove the trim and place air movers along the walls to force warm air over the surface. It shortens drying time and prevents permanent damage. If needed, they also drill small holes in the panels behind the floor trim to increase circulation and force warm air into the wall cavity to dry it.
The goal for SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is reducing the damage from a flood and to return each home to its original condition. With the right information, our team can arrive and begin the process of returning your family to a dry, safe environment almost immediately. For more details or to call in a response team, call us at (763) 712-9712 today.
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