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My Living Room Has Significant Storm Flooding Damage, How Can I Restore It?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

lightning and heavy rain on blue background Was your home affected by storm damage? SERVPRO has what it takes to restore your home!

SERVPRO Handles Flood Damage Using Industry-Proven Techniques to Restore Your Queens Property 

When your Queens property takes on damage from a recent storm, water intrusion can wreak havoc in multiple ways. A living room contains electronics, furnishings, and countless personal items that you know you want to salvage. SERVPRO has proven methods and the latest advancements to ensure your interior is back to normal faster than DIY methods alone. We do whatever possible to preserve your interior while also keeping safety a number one priority. 

Calling for skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) for flood damage in Queens gets you the mitigation and cleanup you need. Our crew understands that the faster we get to work, the better our chances of preventing secondary damage and salvaging your belongings. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and you can count on us to arrive at your house in as little as four hours after your initial phone call. Cutting back on property loss and structural damage saves you both time and money. 

How Does the Restoration Begin? 

A flooded home from a storm calls for extensive extraction followed by drying and sanitation to eliminate secondary damage hazards. If moisture is left to fester, microbes multiply and create foul odors and mildew growth potential. The measures that we take to work through the restoration steps include: 

  • Detailed inventory and pack-out of belongings for relocation to our facility for cleaning, if necessary.
  • Removal of any present solid debris, including silt, mud, and flood-damaged materials like carpeting, insulation, and drywall.
  • Sanitization of all salvageable flood-damaged surfaces using anti-microbial solutions that are EPA-registered. 

Full deodorization of your interior using specialized products and advanced technology. 

Upon arrival at your Queens property, our crew chief performs a thorough inspection to note any impacted contents and building materials. If some of your water damaged contents are restorable, the team organizes them for restoration on or off-site. Anything unsalvageable is recorded and disposed of according to local regulations in the safest manner possible. 

What Makes Skilled Restoration the Best Choice? 

Using the right techniques for each situation is key to each flood project in Queens. Our SERVPRO crew uses a unique formula to determine the best methods and equipment for each phase of your water loss cleanup, which allows us to eradicate contaminated materials, select the best tools for water removal, and to promote rapid drying. 

Dealing with Contaminated Water 

Water from a storm flood often contains a variety of debris and contaminants that need carefully addressing and efficiently to ensure our crew and the occupants' safety. We test the water present and label it accordingly so that the team knows the best way to proceed. 

  • Category 1 is sanitary water
  • Category 2 contains significant contamination
  • Category 3, often referred to as black water, is grossly contaminated 

Category 2 and 3 water calls for a careful approach that includes the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as cordoning off zones to contain potential hazards within the affected areas. Contamination can spread with the movement of equipment, removing debris, and foot traffic. Hence, our team works swiftly to minimize cross-contamination by containment with sealed off doorways using durable polyethylene plastic sheeting. 

If a significant amount of solid waste is present, such as debris and silt, our crew may use rakes and shovels for removal. The debris removal helps us expose the structural elements to inspect and evaluate them before proceeding. For any standing water, we use: 

  • Truck-mounted extraction equipment that allows us to pull up tremendous amounts of water containing debris.
  • Submersible pumps for areas with water levels 2-inches deep, or higher. 

Depending on the storm floodwater contamination levels that entered your Queens living room, our crew might need to treat it with disinfectants to help with sanitization before pumping it out. 

What About My Carpeting? 

When significant contamination is present, it is best to remove carpeting to replace them with brand-new materials. However, if your carpet is deemed salvageable, our skilled technicians have various tools available to help with water extraction, including: 

  • Portable or truck-mounted extractors
  • Rovers, or weighted extractors, use the technician's weight to push water up and out of carpeting
  • Carpet wands, or light-wand extractors 

We also carry squeegee wands for any areas where you have hard surface floors impacted by water damage. 

Once the debris is gone and water extraction wraps up, we put industrial-strength drying equipment to restore relative humidity levels throughout your home. With the help of air movers used in conjunction with dehumidifiers, our crew can enhance drying time to make it, "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Long Island City is available 24/7 for emergency water cleanup and restoration when faced with flood damage after a storm. Call (718) 440-6994 to have a crew deployed to your property for an assessment. 

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