Water Damage & Mitigation
Water damage can become a serious problem if too much (or the wrong kind) is present in your home or business. Water damages materials by causing warping, swelling, and cracking. But it gets worse: excess moisture will also promote the growth of mold and other micro-organisms, including dangerous bacteria...and molds can begin growing in as little as 48-hours after a water loss if corrective action is not taken.
High humidity can also lead to secondary damages that can ruin clothing, cause staining, and damage carpets — it can even damage hard furniture if excess moisture is left unresolved. Undetected moisture can even lead to hidden dangers including corrosion and/or deterioration of building materials. These damaging actions may continue long after the initial water intrusion has occurred if not addressed by a professional.
PLEASE NOTE: Waste water or sewage is extremely dangerous and should only be addressed by a professional. The risks of ingesting or inhaling dangerous biological agents are too great.
ServiceMaster Rapid Response responds quickly and efficiently to any size water damage: from 100-100,000 sq. ft. We provide 24/7 emergency water extraction service 365 days a year. A fast response is one of the most important factors in mitigating property damages successfully because it can save thousands of dollars on costly repairs (and will help you get life back to normal quickly).
If you have questions about water damage, please contact us immediately. We provide free estimates and consultations as part of our valuable services!
After we remove the excess water from your property, we'll begin the drying process by placing powerful turbo air movers, axial fans and large desiccant and/or refrigerant dehumidifiers to promote speed drying. Our equipment will dry your property quickly and efficiently. The turbo dryers generate powerful airflow; the increased energy from this air movement forces the moisture inside materials to evaporate into the air. At the same time, our powerful dehumidifiers or "portable deserts" continually remove moisture from the air and replace it with warmer, dryer air. It is very important to get the relative humidity under 40% as soon as possible after a water loss. Controlling the environment will help fight against molds and secondary damages. It also ensures excellent conditions for proper drying.
We collect the following information during our initial scope:
- The first thing we need to figure out is the cubic footage of the damaged area. We need to know how much air is in the affected area and how wet that air is.
- The second thing we need to know is how wet the walls and structures are. Excess moisture can spread throughout ceilings and walls in just a few hours. We determine how wet a structure is by using moisture meters and other detection equipment.
- The third thing we need to know is where the water came from. Water that comes from the upstairs will require more equipment to dry because more of the materials are wet.