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How Do I Remove Water From My Home In Randolph?

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water inside home, man on phone. No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

Call SERVPRO to Bring In a Team of Professional Water Removal Technicians

Even a small amount of water can cause hundreds and thousands of dollars in damage. Quickly removing it from inside your home is the best way to halt continuing damage and increase the amount of property that can be restored or repaired, instead of having to replace it. 

OK, You’re Here. What happens next?

Since you described the problem (and sent a few pictures) to our 24/7 office team, Water Removal Technicians (WRTs) start work immediately upon arriving at your Randolph home. Each SERVPRO team comes with a complete equipment kit to begin drawing out water and moisture. 

  • Water Pumps – No matter the size of your home, we have the right-sized, commercial-grade pump. For townhouses and other compact homes, WRTs use equipment that can be easily pulled behind them. If the water has spread out over larger areas or perhaps flooded a basement, team members use longer hoses that connect to the pumping mechanism outside the home. For large residences, our teams bring in truck-mounted pumps that can run off the vehicle’s engine or an accompanying generator for round-the-clock support to clear the home as quickly as possible.
  • Extraction Wands and Other Equipment – These smaller devices are more efficient in homes where the water is not as deep, about an inch or less. WRTs can use wands that attach to a backpack pump and collection container for very small rooms and closets in your home. For long hallways and large rooms, they can use larger devices that connect to an outside generator and containment tank. Where needed, they also have the option of using a device a team member can ride on, carefully watching every inch of carpet and other floorings. 
  • Water Absorption Pads – To draw water out of some flooring, WRTs use these pads when there is a risk of damaging the surfaces. They are also very useful on rough, concrete floors and in tight areas where an appliance cannot be moved (i.e., water heater), and the space between it and the floor is too small to effectively use an extraction wand. 

The water is gone now, but my home still feels damp and uncomfortable. How do you get rid of that?

After removing the majority of the water, there is still moisture in the air and some water trapped in the floor trim and drywall, even ceiling panels, if the initial leak source was upstairs or in the attic. To detect and remove both, our teams use four key devices:

  • Moisture Meters and Sensors – The sensors help us determine where water is trapped inside the home, and the meters enable us to determine which tools to use and a safe level of operation. The meters can also measure the humidity, or water suspended in the air.
  • Dehumidifiers – These devices draw moisture out of the air, lowering the humidity. The size of the home and the level indicated by the moisture meter determines how many team members set up for operation. 
  • Exhaust Fans – WRTs place these at the exits of affected rooms to draw out the damp air, enabling the dehumidifiers to work more efficiently. 
  • Air Movers – These devices generate a warm flow of air that we use to carefully force moisture out of walls and ceilings. As the moisture is pushed out into the surrounding air, it is pulled out by the fans or captured by the dehumidifiers. 

The humidity level is much more comfortable now. However, there is still a musty odor from all the water.

We can take care of that as well. Most odors disappear after WRTs lift, dry, and re-attach carpets. When odors linger, team members then use a combination of covering odors to disguise the musty smell as they use cleaners on stains and foggers to generate particle clouds that eliminate the odors. 

What about my wood floors, can you restore them?

In most homes, yes. After removing the water, team members use the same devices that lower humidity and draw out moisture to carefully remove it from wood flooring. Our WRTs are highly trained to perform this task without cracking, splitting, or otherwise damage your wood flooring. 

Will my homeowner’s insurance take care of everything?

It depends on your policy. Most insurance agencies in our state prefer restoration and repair over replacement unless it is cheaper to do so, which means much of what we do at SERVPRO is approved. We carefully follow each agency’s requirements to ensure the cost to you is the lowest possible. 

Our goal at SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County is to put you back into your home as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have had any flooding in your home, call us at (973) 895-5000 today to find out more about what we can do for you and your home. 

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