How Widespread is Water Damage in My Palmdale Home?
Migrating Water Can Be a Substantial Threat after a Leak, and Our SERPVPRO Technicians Can Help
No two water loss incidents are the same from one Palmdale home to the next. Each of these circumstances is alike in one regard, however. Since a disaster first impacts a property, there is a finite timeline to resolve the pressing loss effects before irreparable damage occurs, and costlier reconstruction is necessary. In most situations, the first step in this process is identifying the spread and severity of migrating water.
Thoroughly evaluating the water damage in Palmdale homes as soon as our technicians arrive keeps the entire team on the same page with the restoration needs, equipment recommended, and personnel required. Our professionals have an extensive inventory of recovery tools at our disposal. When combined with our training through the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we can confidently make losses "Like it never even happened."
How Do I Learn Where the Damage Started?
Sometimes it can be challenging to identify the origin point of water damages. While you might be confident that the water comes from a broken portion of plumbing, or a leaking fixture on an appliance, without seeing the damage firsthand, it can be difficult to resolve. Our SERVPRO professionals can implement several strategies during the job scoping phase to identify precisely where the damage to your home started and the appropriate course of action to repair this breach. Some of these strategies include:
- Thermal Imagery - Infrared can detect changes in material temperatures. While this imagery can have false positives, often, a much cooler area during this search can narrow the field where a broken pipe or fixture might be.
- Surface Damage - In many ways, surface damage can often indicate the presence of water pooling in structural cavities. If drywall is damp to the touch without known water exposure, this can suggest an origin point.
- Controlled Demolition - If you suspect a specific area of your property to hide the plumbing break that led to widespread water damage, controlled demolition can help to reach the plumbing quickly without excessive material discarding.
What Extraction Tools Are Best for My House?
With water loss restoration, our responding technicians must first focus our mitigation efforts on removing surface water whenever possible. There are several extraction tools in our inventory, and all of them work differently to suit varying circumstances. Depending on the severity of the situation, we can choose among multiple reliable tools, including:
- Wet Vacuums - When pooling water does not exceed two inches in depth, it is best to use versatile machines like our wet vacuums. Not only can these mobile units quickly address standing water, but they can also support multiple attachments.
- Submersible Pumps - Water depths of more than two inches can benefit from the continual, quiet operation of submersible pumps. With both electric and gas-powered options, we can utilize these tools even with limited or non-existent power.
- Carpet Wands - As an extraction attachment, carpet wands work to pull moisture from the surface layer of carpeted flooring, though this suction can remove some water from the padding and underlayment as well.
How Do I Know the House is Dry?
Everyone would want some peace of mind for the price of professional restoration, even if your homeowner's insurance covered the work. One of the ways that our professionals can provide that is through double-checking our drying efforts with various tools and technologies. In a similar way to our identifying moisture pockets and dampness throughout the house when we first arrive at the property, there are moisture meters and detection tools that can help. Some of these include:
- Surface Moisture Meters
- Probing Detection Tools
- Thermal Imagery
What If Reconstruction is Necessary?
While it is always one of our aspirations to reduce the amount of controlled demolition and subsequent reconstruction, this is not always possible. However, having a team of licensed (#466729) contractors in-house can ensure that you do not wait for the repairs, build back, and temporary construction solutions that your property needs. These same building trade professionals can help to repair and replace damaged plumbing and fixtures in the earliest stages of mitigation.
No matter how severe water losses might initially appear, our SERVPRO of Palmdale North team can help. We have experienced technicians and cutting-edge equipment to return your property to preloss condition fast. Give us a call anytime at (661) 526-3649.