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What Kind of Repairs are Necessary After Water Damages in West Milford?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

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By getting repairs started in West Milford homes quickly after disasters, we can lessen losses for customers. 

A fast and reliable response is what West Milford homes have come to expect after water disasters threaten their properties. Considering how quickly saturation and water penetration can threaten structural cavities and porous materials, our mitigation solutions must encompass a combination of efforts from our certified technicians and building trade professionals. After water damages, various materials can become affected, which consequently requires different construction niches to resolve. Depending on what areas of the house are damaged by the disaster, we can offer contractors experienced in masonry, carpentry, flooring, drywall finishing, and plumbing.

There are multiple phases of water mitigation for West Milford homes. The more of these actions that we can implement early on, the less overall loss that property owners experience. Because we can reach most homes within hours of the first notice of loss (FNOL), we can begin many of the vital recovery actions at this time. Apart from repairs and reconstruction necessary, mitigation typically begins with several approaches such as:

  • Extraction – We have dozens of machines and devices that can remove standing water from the property. Gravity often encourages water to pool along the floors of damaged areas, leading to overexposure to porous and sensitive materials like wood flooring, drywall, and carpeting. Removing surface water can ultimately reduce saturation. 
  • Content Cleaning – After evaluating damages present in the house, our project manager can identify compromised contents. Cleaning up these items on-site is the ideal approach. We have solvents, detergents, and cleaning equipment to help in this effort. 
  • Pack Out – There are instances where on-site cleaning is not feasible or possible, even if these personal belongings are believed to be salvageable. The pack-out process moves these items to our nearby SERVPRO facility for intricate cleaning practices, deodorization, and safe storage. 

What is Controlled Demolition?

Contractors on our roster complete multiple tasks beginning as soon as our team first arrives at damaged residences. Because of how quickly water damages in West Milford can spread throughout a house, it is common for some degree of controlled demolition to restore and recover the affected property. While there are varying reasons for this emergency service, it often falls into one of three categories, including:

  • Access – Because repairs are often necessary to fixtures and portions of pipe, controlled demolition might be needed to access this system's points that require replacement. Using thermal imagery and other moisture detection equipment, we can identify where these damages exist to limit the amount of drywall that must get cut out and discarded. 
  • Safety – Sagging materials can become a substantial threat to occupants and technicians working in homes and businesses. Unmanaged sagging ceiling drywall and insulation can collapse and injure those in the immediate areas. 
  • Preventative – Sometimes, the actions taken by our contractors to remove portions of exposed materials like drywall and hardwood flooring are meant to prevent circumstances like moisture-wicking. 

What Repairs Can SERVPRO Perform?

Emergency services are part of the initial actions that professionals on our team take to protect the property after a water damage incident. Many different approaches fit this description. While our technicians often must address pressing concerns like extraction and debris removal to prevent the spread and severity of water damages, our contractors must identify structural threats and work to repair and recover these areas. Some of the initial actions that our building trade professionals can address include:

  • Plumbing Repairs/Replacement
  • Board Up
  • Tarping
  • Controlled Demolition

Can SERVPRO Perform Complete Build Back?

Because we have a dedicated division for construction and repair, our general contractors represent nearly every building trade niche. While this can translate into the repairs and controlled demolition, it also becomes a seamless phase to follow mitigation. Our general contractors can take the remaining reconstruction and build back the property as needed to replace discarded structural elements in this phase. The experience of these professionals can also allow you to reimagine space where considerable repair is necessary. Remodeling is more cost-efficient when demolition is already required to repair property after a water loss.

Our general contractors can perform many potentially practical steps and actions to help your property recover from water damage scenarios. With many potential causes of water disasters that can simultaneously threaten your entire property, the experience and training of our SERVPRO of Wayne team can positively impact what restoration is possible for your property. Give our rapid response team a call 24/7 at (973) 546-4977.

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