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Water Damage Experts Out Of West Monroe Talk About Specialty Drying Situations

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

If water ever leaks into your home in West Monroe, the moisture left behind can give you a headache.

Water Damage Experts Talk About Specialty Drying Situations

If water ever leaks into your home in West Monroe, the moisture left behind can give you a headache. Depending on how long it leaks, water can spread and accumulate throughout the house. When some types of structural components become saturated, they can fall apart and must be replaced. If organic building materials or contents stay wet for more than 48 hours fungal development can occur.

Since mold can cause health effects, drying out wet organic substances quickly after a leak becomes our SERVPRO technicians' top priority. To reduce moisture levels after water damage in West Monroe, we typically use a combination of extraction and rapid drying techniques. Depending on how many things got wet and the source of the leak, we utilize various techniques unique to each situation.

Air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside most houses that suffer a leak. A combination of the two systems helps reduce moisture levels during just about any restoration project. The two types of drying equipment help speed up the natural evaporation process and reduce indoor humidity levels.

However, sometimes certain materials inside a building require individual, specialized attention. Things like drywall, hardwood floors, and acoustic ceiling tiles can be tricky to dry. When dealing with specific types of materials, our SERVPRO restoration crew has several different tools and methods at their disposal.

Some structures contain multiple layers of drywall that can extend drying time. Single layer drywall can usually be dried out in five to seven days whereas more than one layer can take as long as ten to fourteen days to completely dry. In these situations, our SERVPRO mitigation team monitors the drywall material's moisture levels every day and sometimes drill holes into the wall to increase air circulation inside the sheetrock.

Houses with acoustic ceiling tiles pose additional problems when they get wet. These tiles are typically easier to replace than to dry. Often, replacement is required due to water stains. However, removing moisture from these types of ceilings is possible and works better when the tiles are temporarily removed from the ceiling.

After moisture levels return to preloss conditions, the cleaning and reconstruction processes are the final steps. Ceiling tiles get reinstalled, and any holes drilled into walls get patched up. For 24 hour assistance with wet building components, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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