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Removing Moisture From a Home

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cuts in a home and drying equipment placed in damaged area Chester Springs home gets a flood cut

Tasks the Professionals Will Take Before You Can Return To Your Home

After severe flooding, be prepared to have remediation professionals at your home in Chester Springs, PA, for quite some time. This is because your home must be completely dried out before the restoration work can begin. 

Pumping Standing Water Out
All of the water must be removed from your home after severe flooding. To start, the team will remove any furniture or other items that are soaked. Then, they will pump out the water and try to dry the house. If it is nice out, they will open the doors and windows. They may have to remove your doors and windows to complete this task. This is because doors and windows tend to swell after they have gotten wet. However, if it is very humid outside, they will not be able to do this and use dehumidifiers instead.

Drying the Walls
After moisture from the flooding has been removed, they will start working on the walls, which will need to be washed to remove any mud or other harmful contaminants. Then, they will dry out the walls using a specific process, including:

  • Using flood cuts to expose the studs
  • Using a disinfectant to prevent mold growth
  • Drying out the structure

Assessing the Damage
After they tear out the drywall, the contractors must determine if other materials must be repaired or replaced. They will often consider the time needed and your budget. For instance, if drywall on a wall that does not have insulation got wet, they will use a minimally invasive technique to dry the studs and save the drywall. On the other hand, they may have to replace all of your materials.
To save your home from contamination and moisture damage, a remediation team will use specific techniques to dry your home. This involves drying out a home, using flood cuts to ensure the structure is dry and determining whether your materials need to be repaired or replaced.

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