Properly Drying Your Palatine Home After Flood Damage
Drying Your Home After A Flood
After your area in Palatine has suffered through a severe storm, you could be facing a lot of flood damage, including your own home. If you evacuated, be cautious upon return to your property. Ensure that your home did not suffer any structural damage before you attempt to enter it. You also need to be careful around standing water by power sources, whether the power is out or not. You also do not want to turn on your air conditioner unit if there is water inside it.
If possible, it is best to get everything that is wet from the flood damage out of your Palatine home to avoid the growth of mildew and mold. SERVPRO can help you to do this. Wallboards, carpeting, and any insulation which is wet need to be removed. We have the tools, such as moisture meters, to find any hidden moisture that is left so that we can get your home completely dry again before any repairs are made.
Airflow is one of the most valuable tools which we use in drying out your structure. Doing so effectively requires knowing the correct techniques for using airflow. We place air movers in a clockwise pattern with the inlet pointed at the wall and the front of the air mover against the wall. We ensure that all the walls affected are in the air stream. To do so, we might have to put other air movers in closets, bay windows, and offsets. We monitor the equipment daily and adjust the air movers to the right or left in a circular pattern, so your home is evenly dried.
Sometimes, we may need to dry ceilings, too. Airflow must be directed across wet ceilings, so the moisture is evaporated. When SERVPRO technicians direct airflow across the ceiling, it circulates warm air that has risen. In the case of a drop ceiling, a few panels on each end are opened, and direct airflow is used in the open areas.
Ventilation is also important in areas which are hard-to-dry. Walls are the most common areas which need this. If water is inside your walls, we remove the baseboards to be able to force air into the cavities of the wall after drilling small holes.
SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows is skilled in flood damage cleanup of any magnitude. Ease your concerns by giving us a call at (847) 934-1700 if you live in the areas of Inverness, Palatine, or Rolling Meadows.
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