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How Do Certified Morristown Technicians Handle Water Damage?

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses Scientific Approaches to Manage Water Restoration in Morristown Homes

Everyone has an idea of how to deal with water leaks. The outcomes differ with each approach, and in some cases, the intervention might worsen the original problem at your Morristown home. Certified water restoration technicians follow industry best practices, including scientific methods to mitigate water damages.

You may consider the changes that happen in your Morristown home after water damage as a physical problem and thus only think of physical ways to address it. Extraction of stagnant water and demolition where material deterioration is significant are the top ways to deal with the damage. SERVPRO technicians incorporate other solutions that fall beyond the scope of physical intervention.

The Goal of scientific approaches

  • Quickening restoration
  • Salvaging more materials
  • Improving comfort for the occupants

IICRC Certified technicians use unique approaches from the start of water restoration processes rather than only when challenging situations arise. For example, since evaluating the extent of moisture migration is essential before starting the water restoration, they use specialized equipment rather than relying on visual observation. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermal cameras, thermo-hygrometers, and moisture sensors.

A thermal camera uses infrared to distinguish wet and dry areas by monitoring temperature differences to reveal wetness covered by solid material, especially on walls or floor surfaces. Dampness appears as a blue shade surrounded by red patches of dry materials. Since inspecting the house using a thermal camera is quick and non-invasive, technicians can reveal problem areas faster and start water mitigation processes early before moisture spreads further or materials deteriorate further. 

Other moisture evaluation tools such as thermo-hygrometers and moisture sensors are also necessary. The hygrometers help evaluate the humidity levels in the property and temperature. The two factors may seem unrelated to an ordinary person. However, temperature influences the moisture air can hold at a specific time. Hotter temperatures leave the air more humid, and when temperatures drop, the moisture condenses, thus posing a danger of secondary water damage. Using a thermo-hygrometer, a SERVPRO professional can establish whether the indoor air might pose problems later on and therefore set up dehumidifiers. Moisture sensors or meters determine the percentage of wetness on solid wood or other porous or semi-porous materials, which is crucial in determining the level of resources needed for drying.

  • Advanced restoration
  • Using heat to break vapor barriers
  • Using chemical processes to remove humidity
  • Setting up drying chambers

Advanced processes are also essential to evaluate the water damage during water restoration. Since removing the intruding moisture is the primary restoration step, correctly doing it is critical. One commonly used method for this purpose is dehumidification which relies on passing warm air over a cold surface cooling it down until any moisture it holds condenses and is collected as liquid water. This method may not be that effective for some materials or when the drying process reaches certain levels. When technicians use desiccant dehumidifiers which rely on a chemical process to manage humidity, it overcomes such challenges. Sometimes, drying procedures can be curtailed by vapor barriers. The barrier can be physical such as wallpaper covering surfaces, or non-physical such as when moisture forms chemical bonds in materials such as solid wood. Heating helps break these barriers.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County has IICRC certified technicians who can help manage any aspect of water damage in your property, "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (423) 318-6733.

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