When Flood Causes Damage to Your Home, SERVPRO Offers Big Solutions
Small Amount of Flood Damage, Large Odor in Dallas Home
Big D is no stranger to wild weather that results in flood damage. Unfortunately, the intense storms that happen year-round in this area of the country are the cause of small-scale flooding in homes.
Flood damage to a Dallas home should be professionally cleaned up. This type of water intrusion known as a category three black water, a designation that indicates water that is unhealthy for humans to touch or be around. Once cleaned up, the property requires disinfection for safe habitation.
When the water intrusion into the home is small in scale and does not affect much square footage, many homeowners wipe up the water and move on with life. However, water migrates quickly and can penetrate porous objects and wick into sheetrock and behind baseboards rapidly. Weeks, later if the moisture remains in these areas, it looks dry, but secondary issues such as mold, and foul odors become issues.
SERVPRO technicians answered an emergency call to come to a local home that experienced flooding in back entryway three weeks prior. The homeowner had cleaned up the water and assumed it was dry, but a musty odor appeared within the first week and continued to grow day by day and covering up the scent with plug-in deodorizers had not worked.
Our probes and thermal imaging equipment found the baseboards and subflooring had elevated levels of moisture. The area was small, but the odor was significant. We removed the baseboards to let adequate airflow into the damp wall cavity, and used mats hooked up to a suction device to thoroughly dry the subflooring. Lowering moisture below 45% humidity also inhibits the growth of mold, and that is why our technicians take readings during and after the drying process. Afterward, we hand-cleaned all surfaces with our proprietary disinfectants, and the homeowner found no remaining odors after our team completed the cleanup and odor control measures on the room.
SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas proudly serves the area mitigating water loss from flood damage to your home. We are available 24/7 to come to your location no matter if it is a large or small issue because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. (214) 463-5880
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