Storms bring heavy rains, flooding, and devastation. If your Overland Park, KS home suffers storm damage, you’ll need to contact the storm damage cleanup experts at ServiceMaster DSI. We’ll act quickly to effectively restore your home to its pre-loss condition.
Storm damage cleanup is a complex task that presents issues such as hidden moisture. If not performed properly, your home can experience secondary damage. Today, we’re going to take a look at how our professional technicians effectively dries your home after a storm.
Detecting Hidden Moisture
Moisture hidden in the floors or walls of your home can easily go undetected. If left too long, it can cause permanent damage or facilitate mold growth. To detect hidden moisture, our technicians use a variety of equipment and techniques, depending on the situation. For example, taking moisture readings in a home where materials like hardwood flooring, plaster, or ceramic tiles are present can be difficult. To combat this, our technicians use a non-invasive meter.
We also check for the presence of insulation or a vapor barrier behind these materials. If we suspect that a vapor barrier or insulation is present, then we use more invasive options to check for moisture.
During their analysis, our technicians keep in mind that:
- Surface materials can get permanently damaged when penetrating moisture meters are used. As such, technicians use them only when they’re confident that the surface material is wet.
They primarily rely on non-penetrating moisture meters while searching for likely moisture issues.
- Non-penetrating meters are usually able to read up to 3/4″ into any specific material.
That’s why before using this type of meter, technicians ensure that there is no chance that moisture has seeped to a deeper level than what the non-penetrating meter will be able to detect.
Creating a Dry Goal During Storm Damage Cleanup
Our storm damage cleanup technicians also set up a dry goal at the beginning of the drying process. The dry goal is the target moisture level we want to reach, as per professional drying standards.
This drying standard is formulated by taking a meter reading of unaffected areas within the structure. If unaffected materials are not present, then the experts utilize historical knowledge to decide on a drying standard.
Proper Drying of Gypsum Drywall
Gypsum drywall tends to dry out rather quickly since it has a high permeance factor that lets water vapor easily diffuse.
However, if the wall is covered with ceramic tile, wallpaper, or another similar material, the drying process will be delayed.
In this scenario, we drill inspection holes below the baseboard line so that air can be forced into the cavities to expedite the drying process.
Drying is only part of the whole storm damage cleanup process and that alone is a complex task. That’s why all of our technicians undergo rigorous training and continuing education, so they are ready to tackle any scenario. If your Overland Park, KS home has suffered storm damage, contact the storm damage cleanup experts at ServiceMaster DSI. We’re available 27/7/365 so you can trust that we’ll arrive on site and get to work quickly. For immediate assistance contact us at (816) 527-9412.