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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

How SERVPRO Managed Flood Damage in This Dallas Home

Penetrating floodwater was a devastating force for this Dallas residence. Even without the threats of contamination and bacterial pathogens found in blackwater incidents and natural flooding, the potential devastation led to a swift response from our SERVPRO team when called. With storm damage events, every minute counts. We do not wait for insurance approvals and jump through other hoops when it is your property getting damaged in the meantime. In this situation, we had technicians to the site quickly to begin: 

  • Water removal services
  • Content relocation
  • Water clean up
  • Flood restoration

Inspecting the Property and Establishing Work Areas

Our SERVPRO team understood the importance of establishing our mitigation strategies and temporary construction solutions upon arrival. While water removal services were underway, the property was getting inspected for our estimation and water damage remediation plan. We were identifying the multiple affected rooms of the upstairs ensured that we provided the appropriate containment solutions to prevent moisture migration where possible.

Content Relocation and Preservation

Protecting personal belongings was another focal point for our responding team members, as lingering moisture could cause irreparable harm. Our content management team relocated the items stored in these bedrooms to a safe location downstairs so that drying and cleaning would not be hindered by furniture and larger obstacles. Elements that could be worked around, like the bed frame seen in the After Photo, were cleaned and sprayed with a mold inhibiting product to stop microbial threats from developing while SERVPRO restorers began the drying process.

Installing Drying Mats to Hardwood Floors

Because wood flooring was present in both of the rooms in the Before and After Photos, direct evaporation measures like drying mats sealed on the damaged areas, as seen in the Before Photo, were necessary. These tools can carefully remove trapped moisture to prevent cupping and warping of the tongue and groove flooring installed. Even with this drying production, additional evaporation and moisture removal tactics were needed.

Air Movers for the Drying Process 

As you can see in the After Photo, SERVPRO technicians used multiple air movers simultaneously to direct blasts of warm air into all exposed surfaces of a room. To minimize our power needs in limited outlet availability, we daisy-chained these snail air movers together to supply several blowers on the same circuit. The placement of these centrifugal air movers was critical, as these positions covered the floors of the room nearly completely in the After Photo.  

Cleaning the Exposed Floors

Cleaning up after a water damage incident is often one of the most efficient and effective routes for returning your property to its original condition. In this Dallas home, both the Before and After Photo shows different areas of the attic space impacted by floodwater. Each of these flooring materials requires cleaning after extraction and drying complete. Penetrating water can leave residues and films on the surface of these materials, so this floor cleaning process left the attic in better shape than we found it.