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Pinellas County's Water Removal Team Tackles Damage Inside Attics

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Pinellas County's Water Removal Team Tackles Damage Inside Attics Water damage in your attic can quickly turn into mold without your knowledge. Should you see water damage or mold, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Remediate Water Damage in Any Part of Your Home

One area of a house located in Pinellas County that can be at risk of problems is your attic. In some construction plans, water pipes or appliances that use water are present inside the small space above the living section of your home. The condensation pan of your HVAC system can clog causing moisture to escape. Humidifiers in your attic can break, or water heaters can get ruptured. In many cases, materials in the attic get wet when your roof is damaged and leaks.
High-speed winds, ice, and hail can all destroy roofing materials and create problems in the top section of your building. When our local SERVPRO experts develop the initial water removal plan in Pinellas County, we start by inspecting your roof. We see how severely damaged shingles and other roofing materials got as a result of the incident. We determine what it takes for the source of the moisture to be repaired temporarily or permanently. Once the water stops entering from the issue, we begin extracting and drying out moisture.
In some cases, standing water can sit on top of insulation or ceiling materials. If this is the case, then our SERVPRO professional team extracts as much water out of the small region as possible. Extraction can be both relatively easy or difficult depending on how easy the affected section is to access. In most scenarios, our specialized IICRC certified equipment and techniques can get implemented to remove excessive moisture.
Sometimes, your ceiling's drywall will become saturated and sag or crumble and fall. If this happens, the ceiling gets removed before rapid drying can take place. Once the attic is exposed from the inside of the structure, any insulation gets removed, and drying equipment gets set up to dry out structural components.
Some types of insulation such as fiberglass can be dried out and saved. Other kinds of insulation lose their "R" value when they get saturated. If the affected section of insulation is large, our SERVPRO technicians can use a vacuum to suck up the loose particles. If the wet sector is minuscule, we can remove the material and put it in plastic bags.
The time it takes to completely dry out an attic can vary with each project. We return to the home every day once the equipment is set up to take moisture readings. Once the levels go back to what they were before they got wet, we remove our air moving and dehumidification systems. If water ever gets into your attic or any other tight spot in your residence, call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 any day of the week.
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