What Solutions Help Sarasota Homes with Hidden Water Damage?
SERVPRO Facilitates Timely Identification of Hidden Water Intrusion in a Sarasota Home
Most water leaks leave unmistakable signs like wet patches on surfaces and furniture. However, hidden leaks can also occur, and unlike the visible ones, elaborate restoration strategies are often necessary to tackle them. Finding and opening up those hidden areas may be necessary, and this needs to be addressed promptly. SERVPRO can also use specialized equipment to facilitate the drying of enclosed spaces with out completely removing finish materials.
In your Sarasota home, water damage is classified as hidden if it is contained within ceilings, wall spaces, subfloors, or crawl spaces. Although it may not happen frequently, leaks in such areas are not uncommon, considering supply and wastewater pipes run within these areas. Other infrastructure such as air ducts also pass through these hidden areas, and problems with condensate from HVAC systems are known to cause water damage. With the specialized assistance SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians provide, identifying the wet areas and resolving the damage is easier. Our Green Fleet carries a variety of moisture detecting devices, including those that are not invasive to surfaces.
How demolition helps:
- Creating access to reach wet materials
- Allowing for proper air circulation
- Removing non-salvageable materials
Removing dampness, soiling, and other issues caused by moisture requires physical contact with the affected material. For example, applying cleaning agents and agitating surfaces of soiled floors or subfloors may only be feasible after removing wet carpet and padding. After cleaning is over, drying equipment like air movers which circulate warm, dry air to improve evaporation, work best when no barriers prevent the dry air from reaching wet materials.
Exposing concealed moisture behind finish materials can be a delicate task, especially if the finish materials are not damaged. For instance, if there is no deterioration in the drywall or ceiling panels and carpets have not been delaminated, ruining them would create an unnecessary expense. Concealed areas may require full or partial opening for restoration. For instance, making vent holes, which involves drilling small holes at the base of a wall, allows venting warm, dry air inside wall cavities, drying structural supports and other hidden materials faster. Our team can rig various types of dry-air injection systems for this purpose. Our SERVPRO technicians facilitate the safe removal of finish materials by using a skillful approach and specialized tools, including:
- Stud finders to establish where to make cuts
- Pry bars and bracing to support drywall while cutting
- Rubber hammers to nudge materials without ruining them
Although demolition simplifies drying-out hidden moisture, it can be tedious and expensive to rebuild and refinish such areas is necessary once the water problem is addressed. The health and safety of the residents and workers are also important considerations. In some cases, safe demolition is not an option since materials may be laden with asbestos or are irreparably damaged if disturbed. Tiled floors are a clear example whereby any attempt at removal results in permanent damage. In each case an evaluation of the best approach is made. SERVPRO’s experience with these matters makes it a fairly routine decision process.
Water Extraction Without Demolition
Our SERVPRO crews provide unique solutions that can eliminate the need for demolition. Drying mats and other cavity drying systems facilitate non-destructive moisture management processes. A drying mat is a combination of different resources which enable the removal of water trapped beneath the finished floor through crevices in seemingly impenetrable materials like hardwood or tile. The central part of the drying system is the mat, laid flush on the surface requiring water extraction. An extraction tool with a significant vacuum lift is attached to the mat with hoses to draw water out through the small crevices between the flooring units. A tent of plastic sheeting can be installed above the floor, into which dehumidified air is pumped to be drawn through the crevices between the flooring units to the wet areas beneath. Several mats are often combined to cover a larger surface area. Other accessories such as tape to secure the mat to the surface and towels to wipe visible water periodically also help.
SERVPRO of South Sarasota offers several solutions to any water intrusion problem, thus helping deal with it, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.