Water Damage in Your Covina Residence Calls for Thorough Drying
We know our steps for water damage in Covina are thorough.
A water loss incident in your Covina home can occur because of an overflowing sink that causes water to pool in your kitchen. It may also happen because of a pipe burst that causes water to pool on the floor or run down the walls. Regardless of the cause of the water damage, you need to act quickly to prevent secondary destruction. The first thing you should do is to turn off the water source and electricity.
To begin cleaning up your water damaged Covina residence, you can wear protective items that prevent your skin from coming into contact with the water. If the amount of water is small, you can use a wet vacuum to extract it. Since mold can grow within 24 hours, you need to be proactive in drying out the affected areas by setting up several fans.
Hiring professionals to help you dry your home and restore it to its original condition is also essential. SERVPRO can respond quickly to your emergency and mitigate the damage properly using advanced water extraction and drying equipment. Our technicians have multiple certifications, including Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD). We can use shop vacs to remove the standing water and then dry the affected areas using air movers and dehumidifiers. We may use an open or closed system to dehumidify the air. An open drying system exchanges the moist air in a house with the drier outside air, while a closed system closes off the affected areas from the outside air and from the unaffected areas of the building.
Knowing how moisture affects different materials is crucial because it ensures effective drying. For instance, wood expands if it absorbs excess moisture. At times, the boards can warp. If expanded boards push against each other, buckling may occur at the joints where they meet or at the walls. The amount of buckling depends on the type of wood and the moisture it has absorbed. If the wood dries, warping and buckling may become permanent. Another issue you may deal with is crowing, which happens if there is more moisture in the top of the wood than the bottom and sides. Crowning usually happens because of over-drying the bottom of the wood. Our SERVPRO technicians can dry your wood flooring properly to prevent these problems. We also monitor the drying process to determine if the affected surfaces are drying using equipment like:
- Moisture meters
- Moisture sensors
Most of the time, homeowner’s insurance covers for water losses. We can take photographs of the damage and work with your insurance company to ensure a hassle-free claims process.
If a water intrusion incident has occurred in your home in Azusa, Irwindale or the neighboring areas, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for help. We are available around the clock and can respond to your emergency immediately.
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