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If Your Forest Hills Home Is Damaged After A Flood, Our crew Is Here To Help!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

When the moisture content reaches above 20% mold growth can occur.

Rescuing Hardwood Floors And Sheetrock After Flood Damage In Forest Hills

One of the emergency services we run is for residents suffering from flooding. Unlike other water-related issues, flooding can be particularly hard on flooring, sheetrock and, if the damage is the result of an internal plumbing issue, ceilings. Due to the excess quantities of moisture we usually find in a flooded property some items must be replaced, others require a concerted effort to restore correctly.

Our services for flood damage in Forest Hills range from full-scale property damages that require temporary relocation to a minor, flood contained to a single room. Either type takes a heavy toll on flooring, particularly for residents with hardwood floors. Without a tested drying strategy, these materials can warp, cup or buckle from prolonged exposure making time a critical factor in the remediation process.

SERVPRO has technicians on call throughout the night for emergencies. We do this because of the risk that prolonged exposure to moisture causes to your homes structural contents and components. Standing water, in particular, can wear varnish on wooden flooring and become absorbed into it. When the moisture content reaches above 20% mold growth can occur.

We can help to restore the moisture content of your flooring to an equilibrium of 12%. We achieve this by placing drying mats on the floor and using suction to draw water from it. Sometimes, careful placing of dehumidifiers can dry the surrounding air causing water absorbed into woods to be drawn out. Once equilibrium is established, your SERVPRO technician can begin sanding out cupping and warping if the damage is not too severe.

Sheetrock is also very susceptible to water since it is a highly porous material. The drying period for large amounts of sheetrock is around 5 to 7 days for a single layer. The time it takes to dry correctly may make sheetrock not worth salvaging, especially if it is double layered. A SERVPRO technician may choose to demolish and replace the sheetrock to be more time efficient.

Exposure to moisture can result in natural materials sustaining permanent damage, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills at (718) 381-3702.

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