Recent Water Damage Posts

Essential Water

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water is essential to sustain life and is a very important part of our everyday life. But, when water intrudes into our homes and businesses, it can be a major problem.

Water inside a closed structure can cause mold, rot and other issues that are damaging to your property if not addressed in a timely manner. If that happens, SERVPRO is here to help!  Our trained technicians and the latest equipment can help find and identify issues within your property that may go unnoticed for days or possibly weeks. Water that has traveled under flooring or behind cabinets can cause extensive damage in a short period of time, leaving you with extensive damage and costs.

So if you are noticing discoloration of flooring or wood materials in your home or start smelling a musty odor, call SERVPRO for a free inspection and analysis to stop further damage.

Equipment Placement

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

In my last blog, I wrote about why we measure and sketch and the computations for how much drying equipment to set.  Now I’d like to spend some time on the two main pieces of drying equipment and how that drying equipment gets placed and positioned.  There is a science to that too!

We primarily use two types of drying equipment; air movers that circulate air and cause the moisture to evaporate into the air, and dehumidifies that then pull that moisture out of the air.

Before I came to work here and learning so much, if I had wanted to dry a wet wall, I would have used a box fan set dead to rights facing the wall and turned it on high.  And I would have been wrong.  What I’ve learned is that doing it this way would actually push the water deeper into the wall rather than helping to release it.

Our air movers allow us to direct the air flow at a 45 degree angle to the wall; placing them around the room at this angle helps create a vortex of air movement (think “tornado”) within the room.  Adding to this, we place the dehumidifier in a position so that the warm air it expels is pulled into the vortex and that warmth amplifies the power of the circulating air created by the air movers.

Now not every water damage is the same but this basic principal of drying holds true.   And know that at SERVPRO, we have the specialized knowledge to meet your drying needs head on (and at a 45 degree angle)! 

Why We Measure & Sketch

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

A lot of our customers have asked why we measure and sketch the affected areas of their home.  It’s not just for the documentation for the insurance company; there is a science to drying. 

A complex mathematical formula is used to determine the amount and type of equipment that needs to be placed in a room in order to achieve optimum drying in the shortest amount of time. 

That formula is based on the length, width, and height of the room, the current temperature and humidity, and the percent of the surface area that is affected.

Our Crew Chiefs all have tablets that have SERVPRO’s  proprietary app which performs these complex mathematical computations for them so they can quickly go about the work of drying your home. 

So rest assured that the amount and type of drying equipment we place in your home has been verified by science!