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Water Damage Restoration in Rochester, MN

Water damage can strike your home or business when you least expect it. This can leave you with many challenges, some of which need to be dealt with immediately. ServiceMaster of Rochester has IICRC-trained technicians that will lead you step by step in the right direction that is safe for you and your family or employees.

There are three main phases to every water loss: Emergency Services, Reinstallation/Cleaning, and Structural Repairs.

Phase 1: Emergency Services

Identify the source of the problem and the scope of the damage. ServiceMaster of Rochester technicians will conduct a thorough examination using specialized moisture detection meters, probes, and sensors to determine the extent of the damage and the most effective plan for returning your property to pre-loss condition as soon as possible. We will inspect everywhere water could have traveled which might include your attic, basement, ductwork, or crawlspace. To remove water from the structure, we will use professional water extraction equipment that will assist us in drying quickly and efficiently. We will also work to protect your contents by removing them from the affected area when necessary.

The second step of Phase 1 is to evaluate flooring. Did you know that carpet and pad can be dried in place when conditions correct as stated in the IICRC S500? We will evaluate your situation and compare it to industry standards. Sometimes we can save your floor coverings by drying them in place (e.g., carpet, tile, vinyl, hardwood floors, etc.) and other times we may need to remove and replace with new.

During the last step of Phase 1, our technicians will evaluate the many other types of materials on your property and determine if they can be saved or will need to be replaced. These items may include insulation, cabinets, doors, drywall, baseboards, sill plates, ceiling tiles, and many others. It will be necessary for us to have access to your property during business hours throughout the drying process in order to properly monitor the temperature, humidity, and our equipment.

Phase 2: Reinstallation/Cleaning

When carpet can be successfully restored, we may need to install new pad and reinstall the carpet. Reinstallation includes re-stretching, reattaching the tack strip, seam repair, and threshold repair or replacement. After reinstallation, the carpet is cleaned and deodorized. When the carpet and pad can be successfully restored through in-place drying, the carpet will still need to be cleaned and deodorized. During this phase, any upholstery or other damaged furnishings will be cleaned. If equipment is still present, the water damage technician will remove it at this time.

Phase 3: Structural Repairs

If applicable, after the drying process is complete, structural damage is assessed and the repair phase can begin. At this time, items like drywall, ceilings, and floors will be repaired. If the carpet cannot be salvaged, new carpet and pad will be installed. It may be appropriate to complete structural repairs before reinstallation and cleaning. ServiceMaster of Rochester has a list of qualified personnel to complete your water damage repairs. Depending on the service required and insurance program guidelines, some services may be subcontracted.

Get in touch with our experts in water damage restoration in Rochester, Minnesota by calling (507) 204-3820.

What Is Structural Drying?

When it comes to severe water emergencies, it is not enough to rely on sump pumps, mops, and dehumidifiers alone. Any leftover water can prove detrimental to the structural integrity of your commercial property or home: allowing mold to thrive, decay to accelerate, furniture to warp, and joints to buckle-in and possibly collapse from rot and diluted adhesives. Even a wet vac, which removes moisture from surfaces like carpets, is rarely sufficient to fully ensure water mitigation. Since water seeps through infinitesimal cracks into the substructure, subflooring, and walls of a property, extra measures should be taken. Once under wood, carpet, and/or concrete, water can wreak havoc as it takes seemingly forever to evaporate.

This is why our water damage specialists are trained and skilled in the art of structural drying. Quickly and efficiently extracting moisture that would otherwise become trapped, our team acts intelligently to prevent future damage. To successfully achieve this, we rely on specialized vacuum equipment, high-volume axial fans and blowers, and high-tech extraction devices and techniques that match the best in the industry.

Structural drying also requires relocating salvageable items and discarding ruined building materials. With your permission, we will hastily remove unsalvageable objects to deploy high-powered dehumidifiers uniquely designed to condense water vapors: a key step in mitigation. All the while, we stay informed with regular temperature and moisture measurements. This is vital to avoid harming your property by drying wooden furniture too rapidly or aiding bacterial spread by creating a warm environment.

Call ServiceMaster of Rochester today at (507) 204-3820!