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We Have the State-of-The-Art Equipment Necessary In Des Moines To Restore Your Water Damage

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of SERVPRO van, restoration and cleaning equipment seen Our vans are equipped with water extraction units to remove all the moisture from the property before we use our drying equipment.

Mitigation of Water Damage Includes Inspection of Your Des Moines House's Interior Structure 

Many of your Des Moines home structures were always intended to stay dry. Contact with a damp towel during cleaning does minor, if any, damage. A broken water line, however, changes everything. Drywall, many flooring materials, and other components are absorbent, letting moisture permeate easily. Once dampness sets in, damage begins. Our goal is to mitigate this process and restore everything to preloss condition as inexpensively as possible for you.

SERVPRO wants to explain to our customers in Des Moines some water damage inspection methods used to determine the severity and spread within their house. We need this information to put our efforts exactly where they are the most effective. These monitoring activities also occur at regular intervals during the entire process of drying out a house. Toward the end, they help ensure the achievement of complete dryness as accurately as they detect the excess moisture content.

Some materials, like drywall, almost immediately show visible signs of absorbing water damage from its contact with water. Others, such as stone, brick, concrete, or tile, seem impenetrable to water. However, these harder materials do have microscopic openings in their surfaces, as does any mortar or grout. The more durable nature of these items makes them more difficult to dry as quickly as softer materials. 

Locating moisture in almost any area of your property happens with an infrared camera. However, some homes with metal framing might need a visual inspection of the interiors of walls. These areas can retain water much as an HVAC system can. Our building crew, registered with General Contractor License # SERVPCS911LE, assists with such endeavors, ensuring that as little demolition work occurs.

Moisture meters come in two main styles. One uses two tiny prongs that enter slightly into the material the technician is checking. The current strength that passes from one prong to the subsequent increases when more moisture exists in any particular material. Some homeowners worry about these prongs causing damage to their property. If you have concerns about this, please talk to us, and we can answer any questions. We want you to know we respect your property and do not want to do anything contrary to your wishes.

The other moisture meter does not use these probes but typically only reveals moisture content levels in concrete or tile flooring. We use one of these meters to determine how far the moisture has seeped into a material. Once this is known, we then switch to a penetrating meter to have the moisture content reading and proceed with drying. 

SERVPRO of Federal Way also covers Woodmont Beach, and Zenith, helping homeowners with restoration after water damage threatens their property. Call us at (253) 838-8999, so we can begin the mitigation work needed to make restoration efforts more efficient.

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