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Hidden Areas Where Water Damage Occurs in Fort Walton Beach Homes

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged hardwood Water can damage hardwood quickly. Call SERVPRO to dry and restore your home.

Why SERVPRO Opens Up Cavities During Flood Damage Incidents in Fort Walton Beach

Flooding might damage your Fort Walton Beach property in a matter of minutes. Such damage usually extends even to areas of which you are not aware. Opening up cavities in your home can help establish which materials require replacement, reveal hidden soiling and moisture pockets. The process of opening up hidden areas can damage materials still in good condition, so there is a need to follow the right procedures. The advanced training our SERVPRO crews receive helps them make the right decisions when opening cavities in your property.

Walls hold many essential utilities, so there is a need to open them up after flood damage affects your Walton Beach property. Power cables, air vents, and insulation are some of the standard utilities found in walls that a flooding incident can affect. The cavities in the walls also create a perfect refuge for moisture. Flood cuts help open up walls releasing water and creating room to scope other forms of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the area and cut approximately 12 inches above the waterline. We also check for the location of utility lines to ensure we do not cut them in the process.

Floodwater settles on the floor where it can cause severe water damage, especially if left to sit over an extended period. After absorbing water, floor materials such as wood swell or develop other physical deformities. Other materials such as tiles might remain unaffected, but the water might pass through groove lines reaching subfloor materials. Our SERVPRO technicians might remove wooden floorboards for drying to reverse any physical changes that occur when they are wet. We also remove tiles if necessary, to reach subfloors.

Floors covered with carpets present significant contamination challenges, so removal is necessary. Some of the materials making up the floors, such as pad or glue, deteriorate fast. Our SERVPRO technicians handle carpet removal and reinstallation. The damaged carpet is considered a hazardous material, so we cut it into small pieces and use heavy-duty plastic bags for proper disposal.

Floodwaters spread widely in the affected property. Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 to help open up all nooks and crannies where such water finds a way, restoring the damage, "Like it never even happened."

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