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How Testing Plays A Major Role In The Water Cleanup Process In Lakeland

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leave water clean up to the professionals.

SERVPRO Tests A Variety Of Areas During The Water Cleanup Process

An important area that sets SERVPRO apart from other restoration companies is we believe in helping customers understand the process of water damage restoration. At times we get asked questions about the work that is done in properties. Often individuals, families, and businesses can easily see the 'what' and 'how' but the 'why' can be mysterious. We welcome questions about this, as well as tips on how to prevent future situations.  

One question that is asked is often is why SERVPRO tests random things when we arrive to perform water cleanup services in their in homes. People want to know why we test things that haven't become affected. 

The reason is we need to know what is the acceptable amount of moisture content for that type of item. Without this information, we might over-dry the item, or attempt to do so, which wastes resources and time. This can also lead to damage that was non-exist, and we want to avoid doing that.

Some items adjust the amount of moisture content they have over time. Older items made of wood, such as memorabilia from your past vacations, might contain less moisture than they do now. However, newer items contain more, and over-drying them can cause them to crack. This is not a major concern when handling affected textiles such as stuffed toys. 

Our teams of experts know how important testing is to determine the proper amount of moisture content for different items, and we learn this during our training sessions. During training, we also learn how to check for the presence of lost water with our infrared imaging cameras. This knowledge helps us find hidden water that might otherwise remain and become a problem.

If pockets of hidden water to remain during the drying process our drying equipment is then forced to work harder to extract the water vapor from the air. Instead, locating it and extracting it, cleaning the area and then manually drying surfaces, helps keep the rate of evaporation steady and lets our equipment do the job more efficiently.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is here to answer your questions about how water cleanup and our other services can help protect your home from damage and decay.

Call us at (863) 510-5962 to get started in protecting your home after a disaster. We serve Eagle Lake, Mulberry, and Medulla, round-the-clock, every day of the year.

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