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Is It a Good Idea to Try to Remove Water from My Jacksonville Home Without Professional Help?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

flooded residential area Water damage can quickly affect both the structure and contents of your home. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal services right away.

Partnering with Our Local SERVPRO Ensures Complete Water Extraction and Structural Drying for Jacksonville Residents

Water damage is a frequent challenge for homeowners, with statistics revealing about 1 in 50 households deal with a water loss each year. The Insurance Services Office (ISO), a reliable source of information about statistical, actuarial, underwriting, and insurance claims information, reports that household water damage claims are second only to wind and hail damage. Having a game plan in Jacksonville to limit the damage on your own or before the professionals arrive can help mitigate disruption and expenses.

What Can I Do If Water Invades My Home?

Taking preliminary steps to minimize damage before arranging for water removal allows Jacksonville property owners to take some control of the situation. Slowing or stopping the flow of water is an essential element in the larger water extraction and structural drying picture. When determining whether to try to manage this phase requires answers to the following questions:

Where Is the Water Coming From?

When it is clear what caused the leak or the flooding in Jacksonville, you as the homeowner can take action to protect unaffected areas of the home. Being able to identify the pipe, appliance, or structural components contributing to the water loss helps the homeowner get professional restorers up to speed, clarifying the circumstances for swift assessment and development of a water removal plan. 

What If I Cannot Figure Out the Water Source?

Sometimes the origin of a leak or flood is hard to pinpoint. SERVPRO managers and technicians are trained to follow the migration of water within your home, using training, experience, and sensitive moisture detection equipment both to discover the source and to trace the spread of moisture. We also use infrared imaging technology, using temperature fluctuations to locate hidden moisture and cavities that might hold quantities of water.

Can I Shut Off the Main Water Supply?

When a water loss stems from damaged plumbing or malfunctioning appliances, it is critical that the water main is located and the supply of fresh water shut off. If you or a member of your household knows where the shutoff is and can stop the flow of incoming water safely, taking charge of this task helps slow ongoing damage and focuses recovery efforts on removal.

When Should I Wait for Professional Help to Shut Down the Water?

If the main water shutoff is located in a confined area or if you are not sure if the electricity is live in the space, waiting for help can avoid injury or even electrocution. SERVPRO crews are familiar with industry best practices and safety protocols when preparing for water removal tasks. We work with other professionals if necessary to ensure the work site is safe and secure before initiating water removal approaches.

Should I Move Furnishings and Other Contents?

When your home takes on inches to feet of water, your furnishings and personal belongings are also at risk of significant damage or ruin. Although there are some practical things a homeowner can do to move contents away from the water, a large-scale pack-out is not a reasonable response without the help of professional crews.

Why Is a Partial or Comprehensive Professional Pack-Out a Good Idea?

When SERVPRO assists with a pack-out, you can relax knowing that your property is secure and appropriately processed either in an unaffected space on your property or at our production facility. Our detailed digital Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) tracks each article throughout the process. Two main reasons underlie our recommendation to move out furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions before water extraction. 

  • Specialized Attention to Damaged Property 

Our Contents Processing Technicians (CPT) have training and experience in assessing, cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing, and drying furnishings and other items. We work closely with your insurance carrier to limit your out of pocket expenses through our expert water removal and damage control skills.

  • Streamlining Water Removal and Structural Drying On-Site

When our team performs a pack-out, our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) concentrate on water removal, extracting without the need to put furnishings on blocks and to stop water removal tasks to move items during this critical phase continually. After we pump and extract aggressively, our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) experts can determine drying goals absent the humidity load room after room of water-soaked furnishings and belongings imposes. Sufficient airflow and warm, dry air creates an optimum environment for evaporation of water trapped in structural components, removed quickly by our high-efficiency dehumidifiers. 

What Happens If Building Materials Are Damaged During Water Removal?

Our highly-qualified technicians might use controlled demolition strategies to access trapped water or apply drying techniques. Some of the techniques we use might include:

  • Cutting or drilling holes in walls or mortar joints
  • Removing sections of drywall (flood cuts)
  • Pulling up floor tiles or hardwood planks to reach subfloor water damage

The construction division members of our team bring rehabbing, repairing, and rebuilding skills to your water removal scenario. Save time and expense with our wrap-around services.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is ready to collaborate with you for your residential water removal needs. Call us at (904) 762-8066 to schedule an assessment and allow us to share shouldering your restoration burden.

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