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Drying is a Challenge in the Case of Flood Damage to Exterior Walls in Highland Gardens

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

A burst or leaking pipe can flood your home. Contact SERVPRO after a flooding event to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Root Out All the Pockets Where Flood Waters Hide in Your Home After a Disaster

Water damage to any part of the home is enough to give any householder a headache. Many instances of flood damage affect interior walls, floors or ceilings, such as the kitchen or the bedroom. However, there are some cases when a burst pipe or leaking appliance causes damage to one of the exterior walls of a home.
Drying is vital after any water damage. Leaving a property without proper drying opens it up to long-term structural damage and even mold growth. However, flood damage to exterior walls in Highland Gardens presents a particular challenge for restoration experts. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at once: We train our technicians to handle even the most challenging drying situations to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
Cinder block walls in particular need specialist care to restore them to optimum dryness. The cells within the walls can hold water. Sometimes there is a coat of gloss or semi-gloss paint on the wall - this creates a barrier that stops water moving from the inside to the outside of the wall. SERVPRO technicians have the skill to drill a hole in the bottom of the mortar wall to allow drainage, and we patch the wall up carefully afterward.
Insulation material inside external walls is often a barrier to drying. Our professionals assess each situation and decide whether it is best to remove the insulation and replace it.
External walls typically have low air circulation and are often constructed in a way that limits airflow and causes difficulty in drying the interior of the wall.
Our teams arrive equipped with a range of dehumidifiers and air movers ready to dry out your walls. Of course, dehumidifiers cannot be used out of doors, but in some cases positioning a dehumidifier in the room closest to the wall is helpful. The positioning of air movers requires extra care because external walls take longer to dry. Hence optimum placement of air movers is vital.
We monitor the drying situation at all times by using moisture meters to track progress. We take readings from unaffected walls nearby so we can assess the optimum drying goal. Our aim is always restoring the wall to its ideal level of dryness.
For help with water-logged walls, give SERVPRO of Montgomery a call at (334) 273-0992.

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