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Crawl Space Restoration After Water Damage in San Leandro

7/2/2017 (Permalink)

San Leandro Well Constructed Basement Can Limit Moisture and Water Damage

Water Removal Mitigates Damage to Your Home

Homes with walk-out features often have a crawl space rather than a full basement. If water encroaches into the crawl space, a homeowner must react or risk structural damage to the foundation and an increased threat of mold growth. Your local SERVPRO work team has the experience, training, and skills to restore water damage underneath your house.
A washing machine malfunction sent gallons of water flowing over your utility room floor. The moisture drained through, causing water damage within the crawl space of your San Leandro home. You do not inhabit this area directly, but remediating the water damage is crucial to the integrity of your dwelling. We are veterans of many crawl space restorations and have unique strategies for working successfully in these often difficult to access areas.
SERVPRO technicians remove water caught in the crawl space with submersible pumps, collecting the water for appropriate disposal per local regulations. Because of the dirt floor of most crawl spaces, trapped water within it qualifies as contaminated, gray or black depending on other materials and substances mixed in. The contaminated water must go as it is responsible for potential microbial growth to the undercarriage of your home, hazardous to the structure’s strength and stability. We check any insulation under the home. Fiberglass is recoverable through appropriate drying, but other types risk mold grow and need replacement.
We always try to measure and monitor moisture levels. A dirt floor is very unstable and may reintroduce moisture from groundwater or runoff. If there is no moisture barrier over the dirt installing plastic sheeting to balance the moisture exchange is recommended in SERVPRO training. This is one leg of an encapsulation approach to preventing future water damaging events.
It is fortunate when the crawl space is roomy enough to position air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels. When the area is too cramped, we work with your insurer and you to troubleshoot the process. Removing a part of the flooring above the space gives access to the area, permitting air movers and dehumidifiers to do their jobs. If that is impractical, a venting system rigged with flexible hose and sheet metal to force dehumidified air into the crawl space to reduce moisture. We follow the concept of simple is better and provide the services needed to remedy the current problem.
SERVPRO of San Leandro helps you understand the need for water damage abatement under your home and offers the services necessary to accomplish it. A call to (510) 352-2480 starts the process, sending a highly-qualified crew to evaluate and begin working on the harm in your crawl space.

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