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What Do I Need For Cleanup of Water in My Queens Home?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

woman looking at water damage in a pipe in a wall If your home or apartment suffers from water damage, quickly reach out to SERVPRO for effective mitigation services. We are here 24/7.

SERVPRO technicians bring everything needed to restore your Queens property from water damage

There are a lot of ways water damage can happen in your Queens home, and mainly if you live in a multi-family building, the water in your house can also affect others in the vicinity. That is why it is crucial to bring in a professional restoration services company. You cannot tell where the water migrated to by sight alone. SERVPRO techs bring a host of moisture detection devices to ensure that they scope the entire area and determine anyplace that the water migrated into. Doing DIY cleanup can create more issues unless you have access to:  

  • Professional extraction equipment  
  • Ability to dry the area damaged by water  
  • Devices to locate the water within the structure
  • Skills to perform controlled demo if necessary
  • Preventative mold applications or remediation of existing infestations

How Do I Know What Type of Water Cleanup Service I Need?  

Once water damage occurs in your Queens property, the water cleanup type changes as water degrades or due to the type of water present. It gets described as one of three types: clean, gray, or black. If the water in your home has been allowed to sit for over 48 hours, it requires handling as a black water situation due to the probability of the presence of bacteria.

If the water spill in your home involved a pipe burst or supply line leak, you are probably dealing with a clean-level, however, if the water came from a washing machine with soap in it or water from a shower or dishwasher. The potential for illness from coming into contact with this type of moisture is minimal in most cases. The most severe kind of cleanup involves black water, which can emanate from toilet backups, sewage, groundwater, or water that has stagnated longer than 48 hours. During your initial phone call with SERVPRO, the technicians you speak with will find out:

  • The nature of the water damage in your property
  • The length of time between the event and your call for cleanup  
  • Knowledge of any harmful elements present  

Equipment Needed For Water Extraction  

Before the removal of the water in Queens begins, the techs use various kinds of moisture detection throughout the home to determine the migration path. If water from an overflowing tub ran through the floor joists into a neighboring property, it is vital to address that situation, so the building materials do not wick the moisture, and an ideal harbor for mold growth does not occur.

Using equipment to probe into floors and walls as well as thermal imaging, the technicians can build a reliable scale for the size of the water removal needs. Moisture detection units that work on radio waves are also helpful for monitoring the drying process and ensure that drying goals get attained.

The extraction equipment most often seen used by the techs is their portable pumps. These maneuverable units are compact but have immense pulling power for water removal. The wands make it simple to extract water from hard-to-reach places and also have attachments such as weighted heads for use on carpet and squeegees for use on a concrete slab and tile floors. When standing water is more than 2-inches deep such as in a water tank failure or flood damage in a basement, the techs have submersible pumps that can get to work without delay in these conditions. When water removal needs are massive, the techs have access to powerful truck-mounted removal systems. It is common for SERVPRO techs to perform several "dry" passes where moisture no longer appears to get lifted, this assists in lessening the drying times needed to hit the preset interior humidity goals.

When the SERVPRO green service vans arrive for the mitigation in the property, the techs bring every piece of equipment they will need based on the initial phone interview. This attention to detail and treating every job as unique means they always have the right amount of extraction and drying equipment on-site to fit the needs of the homeowner for the best outcome.

Deploying multiple air movers along with the dehumidification equipment dries the problem areas in the home quickly. Because the technicians have access to a broad array of equipment, they can handle the cleanup of water in properties of any size.

SERVPRO of Long Island City at (718) 440-6994 brings their large selection of water cleanup equipment and skills to local properties in need. The techs can restore homes to their original condition "Like it never even happened."

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