Avoiding Water Damage at Home for Residents of Portsmouth
Preventing Secondary Portsmouth Water Damages with Mitigation Experts from SERVPRO
Many homeowners experience the debilitating effects of water intrusion during their ownership. Water issues can occur from many sources. Preventative measures, while effective, are often incapable of covering all the bases for water-related damages. SERVPRO is here to help put your home back together after an emergency.
Moisture migration can cause water damage in your Portsmouth home to spread from one area to another. As a general rule, wet moves to dry. In practice, liquid spillages often seep into wall cavities, reside beneath fittings or penetrate the subfloor. Professional water restoration services are helpful to homeowners because they combine knowledge of water theory with the practical skills and equipment needed to mitigate water damage. In its simplest form, mitigation is the prevention of further harm to a property experiencing a water intrusion event. Blocking furniture to lift above the water level, extracting liquid, controlling humidity, and drying cavities are examples of the emergency mitigation services we provide.
Effective Mitigation Can Help Prevent:
- Liquid water or humidity from stagnating and causing microbial growth problems, including bacteria, mold, and virus growth.
- Unnecessary replacement of wet materials, belongings, or home structures adversely affected by water intrusion.
- Permanent damages to fixtures, building assembly, electrics, and belongings commonly associated with water emergencies.
The structure of your home may feel or appear like a cohesive whole. However, modern properties are constructed from numerous layers. They begin with foundations. These foundations are fitted with the framework, usually solid lumber, that organizes the space within your property into rooms, garages, and staircases. The final layer is gypsum board, drywall, or plaster, painted and decorated. Water impact can vary in severity but is usually measured by how far the moisture has migrated from the source and how deep it has penetrated the building assembly. Measuring equipment to determine the answers to these questions is commonly used once excess water is drained from the property.
SERVPRO restoration technicians determine the extent of water migration in your home through moisture meters. Moisture meters come in two categories: penetrating surfaces or measuring surface temperatures. Penetrating moisture meters can be used on carpets, softwoods, or furnishings and have an inherent advantage in accurately determining the moisture content of those materials- usually displayed in a percentage. Non-penetrating moisture sensors are typically deployed on denser surfaces such as concrete and some types of hardwood. These sensors measure the temperature of the surface, which can often indicate how much moisture is residing in or behind the object. Sensors are more prone to false readings and may be used several times across the same spot to produce an accurate report.
Finding moisture is crucial in preventing future water-related issues from affecting your home. Many microbial growth issues like mold result from improper restoration following a water intrusion issue. SERVPRO uses advanced structural drying (ASD) technicians to ensure a home dries correctly and secondary damages are minimal.
Advanced Drying Equipment for Water Intrusion
- Injectidry systems allow technicians to dry the cavities in your home without demolishing walls for access.
- Rapid air-movers fitted with flex-hoses can often be adapted to circulate dry air beneath fittings and floorboards, ensuring the entire property is dry.
- Thorough dehumidification of the home can reduce chances of water vapor damage which can cause excessive harm to your property.
Following a water emergency, contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham for water damage restoration at (603) 433-4300.