Attention Gilbert Homeowners--SERVPRO Is Primed to Mitigate Your Water Damaged Home--Real Fast
Water Damage Primer for Gilbert Property Owners
The dry, desert climate enjoyed by home and business owners in the Gilbert area does not preclude the possibility of water loss events inside local homes and commercial buildings. A broad range of causes contributes to destructive water events in our region. Connecting with a reliable water damage restoration company to assess and manage the consequences after an event is crucial to preserving the integrity of the building materials inside a property as well as its contents. Here are some of the many considerations to keep in mind when coping with a water emergency.
Common Causes of Water Loss
Plumbing supply or waste pipe breaks or appliance malfunction are often the reason Gilbert residential and commercial buildings suffer water damage. Slow leaks might start as minor issues, but if they are hidden or ignored over time, the ramifications become significant. Harm to walls, cabinets, floors, and ceilings progresses as long as the water continues to seep. Pipes, connections, pumps, or hoses that burst open can send larger quantities of water that spread quickly. Clogged drains in air conditioners, sewer backups, and toilet and tub or sink overflows add to the list.
Evaluation of Water Category
The source of the water damage is relevant as SERVPRO of Gilbert crews evaluate the contamination risk. Supply lines break usually start as fresh or Category 1 water, rarely posing a health risk. Appliances like washing machines, garbage disposals, and dishwashers discharge grey or Category 2 water, containing some bacteria or harsh cleaning agents. Sewer backups and overland flooding after a monsoon send black or Category 3 water into your property. This type of water can contain pathogens including viruses, bacteria, and fungi and toxic chemicals. Severe health problems can follow if professional water mitigation experts do not remove, contain, and dispose of the tainted water appropriately, following safety and health rules and regulations.
When water damage extends to the contents of a property, high-quality restoration companies like SERVPRO offer a move-out service to residential and commercial customers. Furnishings, documents, window coverings, rugs, clothing, toys, books, electronics, and many other items absorb moisture. Our production facility is climate controlled and features specialized cleaning and drying systems, including vacuum freeze drying for papers and pictures. We use a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) that inventories all items transported and tracks their status through the process. Removing portable property for storage also allows a more efficient work environment in your home or business.
If more than an inch of water fills a space, it is likely that moisture is wicking up the wallboard and seeping into unseen cavities. When water flows in on upper levels, ceilings can look deceptively untouched while they might be holding gallons of liquid. SERVPRO’s IICRC-trained technicians are familiar with the spread of water damage into hidden spaces. They receive advanced training in thermal scanning techniques to locate pockets of water and moisture. We can establish baseline levels to determined drying goals.
State of the Art Equipment
SERVPRO delivers successful water damage remediation because our talented crews operate top-notch equipment specifically designed to move water and lingering moisture out fast. Our service vehicles arrive packed with commercial quality pumps, wanded extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Possessing the appropriate equipment allows rapid removal of water and the ability to establish the balance among air movement, temperature, and humidity needed for effective drying.
One of the most frequent challenges SERVPRO faces in a water damage scenario is extracting moisture from tight or interior spaces. We must remove water that migrated behind walls or between the planks of hardwood floors. Fortunately, innovations like the Injectidry system allow us to use negative pressure to suction the moisture out using a series of hoses and floor mats connected to powerful extractors. These devices can also inject warm streams of air to facilitate the evaporation of water to a gaseous state captured by our dehumidifiers. Flood cuts extending above the waterline permit us to force dry, warm air behind walls to accelerate drying. Cinder block walls release water held in their internal cells when we drill holes through mortar joints or angle extractor extensions from above.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of Gilbert professionals exceed industry norms and strive to live up to our commitment to complete water damage restoration fast. Speed is not just a slogan to our team; it is vital to positive outcomes for our customers. Standing water and moisture remaining more than 24 to 48 hours after the loss expose the structural components and contents of your home or business to microbial growth. Although we offer mold remediation, we prefer to avoid the growth of fungal colonies in the first place. Moisture management is the key to inhibiting a mold infestation.
SERVPRO’s goal is to abate water damage and its effects, making it “Like it never even happened.” Expect our crews to be thorough, discrete, respectful, and compassionate as we complete the necessary tasks. We know how devastating a water loss can be, and your confidence in our company honors our owners, managers, and technicians during this disaster. Our mission is to help the residents and business partners in our community during this stressful and disruptive time. We take special care to return items back in place once the job completes and to take responsibility to remove our equipment, tools, products, and any mess we created during the project.
Insurance Claim Support
Approximately 30 percent of homeowner insurance claims in a year relate to water damage. Residents and business owners need a full-service remediation company that helps provide the documentation needed to support claims made according to property insurance contracts. Our team commits to working with your insurance company throughout the remediation process, coordinating communication both for tasks performed at your property and for cleaning, drying, and restoration, or disposal, of any items packed-out and treated at our production facility.
When water damage becomes a crisis at your home or business SERVPRO of Gilbert stands ready to be your partner throughout the restoration of your property. Call us round the clock at (480) 558-7620 to schedule an assessment.
For information on flood emergencies, visit the Chandler Emergency Management site. https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/emergency-management