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Water Damage in a Basement Requires Professional Restoration

10/8/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Dries Out a Water Damaged Basement in Island Park

Wet Basement Is Restored By SERVPRO

Torrential rains over a period of several days can saturate the ground so thoroughly that even a typically sound basement experiences flooding. Standing water in your lower level can be a real problem if you have no sump pump system in place, but SERVPRO has the equipment and the expertise to remove the water and dry the flooring and structure to prevent secondary damage. Whether you use your basement for living areas, storage or mechanical systems like your water heater and furnace, or some combination, water and moisture excessive must be managed swiftly. If the water has seeped in because of rain, it may not contain a lot of contaminants. Removing gray water fast avoids the risk of more aggressive contamination and often permits water logged flooring and possessions to be restored rather than removed and discarded.
A wet basement causing water damage in Island Park can be dried out in a straightforward manner if our technicians are on the job within the first hours after the water began to collect inside. Depending on the amount of water in the basement we will use submersible pumps or extractors to remove it. Our attention will then move to any residual moisture that may be trapped in flooring, floor coverings or the walls. As basements usually have concrete floors, we will use air movers and dehumidifiers to pull moisture out. Tiles or carpeting will be assessed as to whether they can be dried in place, off-site or need to be removed and replaced.
SERVPRO staff will also take care to evaluate the condition of any heating systems and appliances in the basement because of the risk of electrical shock or the leaking of fuel into the flood water. We will also inspect the walls, particularly the cinder block that often comprises the outer dimensions of the basement. Using specialized moisture probes our technicians will determine if extra actions are needed to release water trapped in the cinder blocks. Holes may be drilled in grout joints to move water out, and our team will also be looking for insulation or vapor barriers that may complicate the complete drying of cinder block construction. Establishing a free air flow over and through the wet areas of the basement is the key to safe restoration.
SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby is proud to be the water damage restoration company people rely upon. If your home or vacation-get- away suffers a wet basement call (208) 356-0263 any time of the day or night to schedule our team to inspect and advise on how to get the water out.

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