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For Sarasota Properties, SERVPRO Follows Protocols to Mitigate Damages to Furnishings and Structural Elements from a Water Loss

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage For Sarasota Properties, SERVPRO Follows Protocols to Mitigate Damages to Furnishings and Structural Elements from a Water Loss SERVPRO Says Fast Water Removal Can Mitigate Damages in Sarasota Properties

What to Save First During Incidents of Water Damage in Sarasota

Water can flood your Sarasota property in minutes whether, from an emergency such as a burst pipe, or negligence such as taps left running. Whatever the cause, the most crucial step you can take to save your property is to limit the water exposure period to the structure and contents. You can restrict exposure by extracting the water or moving items away from the affected area. Moving is more viable when the source of water cannot be stopped immediately. We offer professional restoration that can help with either option.
 
Although the moisture that leads to water damage in Sarasota properties migrates indiscriminately, there is a need to follow a methodical approach during restoration, which can help save more items. Moisture affects materials differently. For example, solid wood may swell when submerged in water for extended periods but it eventually regains its original form when dried properly. It is a different case for particleboard, which readily absorbs water and loses structural strength. Particleboard covered with laminate easily warps because the laminate side acts as a vapor barrier while the other side easily absorbs water. Our SERVPRO crew, therefore, evacuates particleboard items before focusing on those made of solid wood.
 
Dyes in some materials such as area rugs and draperies tend to run when soaked in water, which can lead to staining. Stains can also result from rust that forms in metallic furniture legs exposed to excess moisture. Removing such items from areas where they can cause stains is a matter of priority. Our SERVPRO team helps move heavy items such as furniture fast, safeguarding carpets and other fabrics that might be stained. We can also raise heavy pieces of furniture off the floor to prevent contact with the water. This elevating we do with high-density foam blocks.
 
Away from stains, extended water exposure causes backing separation in carpets. This happens when the latex holding the backings and the fibers together deteriorates. When it is not possible to extract standing water fast enough, our SERVPRO crew removes the carpet for drying before focusing on other areas limiting chances of delaminating.
 
The steps you take after a water loss incident can determine the outcome. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota because our experienced crew helps you focus on the critical steps first. You can reach us at (941) 552-6219.

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