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How Our Team Of Specialists Restore Your Flood Damaged Colorado Springs Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we move in quickly to prevent further damage and restore as much of the structural and personal property as possible.

Remediating Flood Damage For Colorado Springs Homeowners

Flooding is an almost year-round threat to Colorado Springs homeowners. Sudden storms in our area can drop huge amounts of rain or snow in just a few hours, overwhelming storm drains and forcing water from creeks, lakes, and rivers into neighborhood homes.

Removing water from a Colorado Springs home does not stop flood damage, it merely prevents additional problems. SERVPRO technicians understand that remediating damage to floors, furniture and building materials like drywall and floor trim, takes the right tools, cleaning agents, and training.

Since floodwater contains dirt and other contaminants, our first action, after removing water, is to spray every exposed surface with an anti-bacterial chemical. It neutralizes the health risk and provides a safer environment for our crews and the homeowner. Next, they remove and dispose of contaminated carpets. They can clean and restore hardwood flooring unless the majority of the floorboards have cracked, splintered, or swelled so much that they pull away from the framing.

As crew members clean the floors, other SERVPRO technicians remove furniture to another location, placing the items on pallets or blocks to allow water to drain. They can clean metal and plastic surfaces with sponges and cloths, along with anti-bacterial agent, and then allow it to dry. For upholstered items, technicians us a special vacuum to help draw out water and a brush or other agitation device to loosen and remove dirt and other solid particulates from the fabric.

For drywall and floor trim, there are two main concerns: water absorbed by the material and water trapped behind it. If the drywall absorbed too much, it quickly begins to degrade and can even crumble in place. For lesser amounts of water, our technicians use a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the affected item and surrounding air. They pair that device with an air mover to direct warm, dry air across the surface, forcing moisture out, but not causing additional damage.

For water trapped behind the drywall panels, our crews remove sections of the floor trim and drill one or more holes in the drywall. Crew members next insert a hose into the wall cavity and connect them to a single manifold that quickly removes water. If needed, technicians connect the hose to an air mover to dry the wall cavity.

Restoring a home after flooding is not a quick or easy task. At SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, we move in quickly to prevent further damage and restore as much of the structural and personal property as possible. To set up an appointment, call us at (719) 434-4626 today.

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