Wednesday, September 21, 2016

West Palm Beach Water Damage - Classes of Water Damage

By David Libowitz

21 Sept. 2016

When it comes to water damage restoration, class of water is used to estimate how quickly moisture will evaporate from particular material types in a room that has been flooded. This is the first step in the restoration process that allows professionals to determine the class of damage and assess the best equipment needed to dry the structure and contents.

If your home in West Palm Beach has sustained water damage, SERVPRO has the expertise to assess the class of damage and restore your home to its' pre-flooded state. There are four distinct classes that range from slow evaporation through specialty drying situations. Here is a description of each.

Class One 

Materials in class one situations have a slow evaporation rates. The materials are generally porous and have a low permeance quality. This means that a very small amount of moisture has been absorbed. It may also indicate that a portion of a room has received damage, but not the entire area. Class one water damage features the lowest amount of damage to be addressed.

Class Two

This indicates a fast evaporation rate. The water has affected the entire area with cushions and carpets. Water may have soaked into the walls. Class two indicates that the water has not risen further than two feet. Damage is generally contained to lower segments of the structure.

Class Three 

Class three indicates the fastest evaporation rate. Water has likely entered the structure from the top down and has damaged the structure in its entirety. Ceilings walls, insulation, carpeting, and furniture has all sustained water damage.

Class Four 

Specialty Drying Situations 
This indicates that there are materials that have an extremely low porosity or permeance. It usually includes concrete, hardwood, plaster and crawlspaces involved. Drying can only be accomplished fully with the aid of low specific humidity. Professionals in water damage assessment and restoration use these classifications in the preparation to establish the best restoration plan with the appropriate technicians, equipment, and strategies.

Call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach for water damage assessment and restoration at (561) 795-5410. Services are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We offer emergency and non-emergency services with fast response to your request for assistance.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

How To Prevent Drywall Water Damage

By David Libowitz

As many water damage experts know, wet drywall is almost always a lost cause. This is because the material is plaster wrapped up in paper. In short, the material is not at all resistant to water. For this purpose, it is imperative that homeowners preclude their drywall from being exposed to water. Although drywall replacements are not too costly, the repair should be left to the professionals. You should take the time to learn how to prevent your drywall from being subjected to water damage. Here are several strategies that you can use to accomplish this objective:

Control Humidity
One great way to prevent drywall from being ruined is to control your humidity. This is immensely important given that excessive humidity can be just as debilitating as a flood. For this reason, make sure that you keep a dehumidifier running during periods when humidity is high. Also, be sure that you keep your air circulating efficiently. Finally, make sure that you pay attention to weather reports and have a vent fan installed in your bathroom.

Check Plumbing
Unfortunately, your plumbing pipes can be the source of excessive water condensation. This is especially the situation throughout the summer season. If your pipes start to sweat behind the drywall, the water vapor can increase, and your water can begin to pool. The result is substantive damage to the drywall nearby. Prevent this deterioration from taking place by having a plumber check your pipes to see if they can be wrapped to contain moisture.

Eliminate Flood Sources
Another great way to prevent drywall water damage is by eliminating flood sources. To do so, check that you have your gutters cleaned regularly and also be sure that your downspouts are routed far from the property.

Let SERVPRO'S Professionals Assist You Now
Drywall water damage is one of the most devastating occurrences that a residential property owner can encounter. However, utilizing the prevention tips outlined above can help you avoid this type of adverse experience. Also, note that the professionals of SERVPRO of West Palm Beach are pleased to provide you with efficient, expedient water damage services whenever you need them. In addition to offering 24/7 emergency services, our IICRC-certified crew provides each client with the detailed work necessary to get the property back in exceptional condition. Contact us now at (561) 795-5410