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Can My Carpet Get Restored After Flooding in My Newington Home?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flood damage in your home can cause you a load of problems. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO techs bring years of experience and comprehensive training to every restoration job in Newington for the best outcome

Watching flood water flow into your Newington home can be frustrating, mainly when it keeps coming faster than you can clean it up. Once inside, the water runs along walls and attempts to run down following the path of least resistance. This is how flooding can affect so many areas of a home in such a short period. Carpet, in particular, may require removal and disposal depending on a few factors:  

  • If the floodwater was rainwater or groundwater
  • How rapidly the cleanup and extraction began
  • Testing indicates the presence of harmful elements
  • Self-cleaning methods such as the application of bleach 

What is the Proper Way to Handle Flood Damage?  

When flood damage happens in your Newington residence, it is crucial to begin the cleanup as soon as possible after the water enters your home. Contact your insurance carrier and get approval to bring in SERVPRO. The technicians are available 24/7 and arrive quickly on-site. Until the water in your home gets tested, avoid coming into contact with it and close off the entrances to the area. Until the technicians arrive, it is permissible to do the following if you can do so safely:

  • Remove valuable items
  • Gather essential documents including homeowners coverage
  • Get any medications or pet food needed
  • If you cannot enter the area of the home where floodwater is present, the crew chief will get anything you need from the interior of your home.

Testing the Water is a Preliminary Step  

The techs obtain water samples on arrival to determine the presence of bacteria, pathogenic elements, or sewage. The appropriate type of treatment gets used on the water to lessen the hazards of handling it during extraction and disposal.

Controlled Demolition is a Standard Part of Flood Cleanup  

When flood water needs removal in Newington, the techs use their scoping equipment to pinpoint the water. Certain building materials such as sheetrock show signs of deterioration rapidly after water exposure by beginning to buckle or warp. The technicians use their moisture detection devices to measure above the waterline left by the floodwater and cut off the ruined portion. This is one of many types of controlled demo actions that work to lessen the number of repairs or further damage to the home. Wet sheetrock, particularly in ceilings, can create a safety hazard, and the techs remove it to ensure no one gets hurt during the restoration services.

Carpet can cause injury due to its weight when it has absorbed a large amount of water. The techs extract the water and then cut the portion that needs disposal into easy-to-handle six-inch pieces.

Hardwood flooring can have multiple outcomes after encountering floodwater. Much like sheetrock, time is crucial. The longer the floorboards have exposure to water, the more they absorb. This leads to swelling, cupping, and crowning. The technicians take each hardwood flooring restoration on a case by case basis as different factors affect the outcome. The sooner the extraction and drying begin, the most potential for a positive outcome. Composite floorboards usually deteriorate upon contact with water and have little to no possibility for reuse after damage from flooding.

Tile and laminate flooring has varying degrees of damage that can occur. One of the most common with standard tile squares is the delamination and loosening of the tile after the excessive moisture conditions seep under and ruin the grip the tile has to the substrate. Single sheet laminate flooring often has good water repellent qualities. Still, when water runs under the edges or behind baseboards and goes under, it generally needs removal to dry the area underneath.

Ceramic tile flooring often has one of the best outcomes after flooding as long as the seal on the grout-line remains intact. While the tile is slightly porous, SERVPRO technicians have specific cleaning agents developed for use on tile and grout. If needed, the reapplication of sealant once the mitigation efforts complete.

When the technicians ascertain articles within the property require disposal, the item gets carefully recorded, photographed, and noted whether the homeowner or adjuster gave their permission for removal. The technicians put these actions into a complete report that the homeowner can use to expedite the filing and decision on any insurance claims pending due to the flooding in the residence.   

SERVPRO of Newington / Central Hartford at (860) 667-9191 has the training and professional equipment to handle any size and type of flood damage in your home. The certified techs can restore your home to its pre-flood condition and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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