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How Do I Get Floodwater Out of My Little Rock Home?

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

lady holding pink bucket catching drips from ceiling. SERVPRO mitigates water damage in Little Rock. "Like it never even happened."

Use SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians to Clear and Return Your Home to its Pre-Flood Condition

This time of year means rainfall every week, sometimes more than once. A picture postcard, Spring shower is comfortable for everyone to deal with, but when a storm comes rolling out of what looked like a clear sky 10 minutes earlier, you can suddenly find your Little Rock home under several inches and more of water.

If it’s just a little water, why is it such a Problem?

Flood Damage to your Little Rock home can start with only enough water to soak a carpet and the pad underneath. A water-vac from a big box or hardware store does not have enough power to get it all up, so some moisture remains in place, degrading and decaying everything it touches. That small amount of water also contains enough soil and other contaminants to create a mold problem that can spread into the walls that contact the carpet and then through more sections of the structure. The more groundwater that enters the structure means a higher level of water and more damage to your home. SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians (WRTs) train extensively to eliminate these threats and all others related to residential flooding.

What exactly does SERVPRO bring to my home, and why is it better than the rental equipment I can use myself?

SERVPRO has an extensive inventory of water removal and other equipment that is designed to meet both residential and commercial needs. Each piece has more settings and attachments designed to provide the correct amount of power and effort needed to clear and clean your home after a flood. Included in the inventory are items like:

  • Extraction Wands and Devices – These devices are designed where the flooding is shallow. WRTs can use them in any room in the house and are very useful in small areas like closets. Our teams use a variety of them that can be carried in as a backpack unit with the attached power and containment tank. Other devices include extended hoses that link to an outside tank and power source, and an extractor large enough for an operator to ride on, carefully drawing off the water in large foyers and living areas.
  • Pumps – Our technicians use these when the flooding in your home is over an inch in depth. They adjust the speed to match the surface underwater, so the device does not harm wood or tile flooring.

Is there any water left after using this equipment?

Yes, there is always some moisture trapped in wood floors, the walls, and in the personal property like furniture. Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors and meters to check the interior of the home for where the moisture is higher than normal levels. To eliminate it, they use the following:

  • Dehumidifiers – Natural evaporation is usually enough to keep humidity levels at a comfortable level. It also allows moisture in surfaces to evaporate into the air. After a flood, there is too much moisture in the air and in items for evaporation to happen at an acceptable rate. Dehumidifiers can pull up to 25 gallons of water from the air, allowing evaporation to occur as standard RH relative humidity levels are restored.
  • Air Movers – WRTs use these to direct a stream of warm air across surfaces that gently push the trapped moisture out to be captured by the dehumidifiers. Technicians can control both the temperature and the force of the stream to prevent further damage to affected items.
  • Axial Box Fans – Technicians set up fans at exit points in the home to pull damp air outside. Of course, this is weather permitting.

What about the contaminants left by the water?

Our SERVPRO team uses a wide variety of anti-bacterial agents, approved by the EPA, and other cleaners to attack any trace of contamination left by drawing off the floodwater. Where possible, they wipe down the surfaces in your home using dry sponges or cloths to avoid adding more moisture to an already saturated environment.

How long does all of this take?

Completing the task depends on the size of your home, the amount of floodwater across the floor, how long it pooled in your home, and how much was absorbed by the structure in the home. SERVPRO WRT teams hit the ground running to begin operations and work long or off-hours as required to mitigate the flood damage.

If you have any flooding in your home this spring, or any time of the year, call SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 today. We understand the need to put your home back in order as soon as possible and are here to help you and your family get back to normal in a clean, safe residence. “Like it never ever happened.”

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