The Importance of Drying & Dehumidification
Drying flooring using SERVPRO's advanced equipment in a home in West Kelowna, BC
Once your home has experienced water damage, just removing the visible water does not eliminate all of the moisture. Water can pool behind walls & floors, and soak into porous material.
Majority of your home is made porous materials. Wood, drywall, flooring, and other items may appear to be dry after water removal, but in fact they retain a significant amount of water. If this water is not addressed materials can warp, swell, or create an ideal environment for mold to grow, causing even more significant damage to your property. Mold can start growing within 48 hours and cause structural damage down the road, as well as potentially causing health issues to those living in your home.
Consider water in 3 states: standing, absorbed, and evaporated. During and after a water emergency, all three of these states are present. Once the standing water has been removed, drying and dehumidifying need to follow.
With SERVPRO’s moisture detection equipment, we are able to identify all affected areas. This allows us to strategically place our drying & dehumidification equipment for maximum effectiveness, removing both the visible and non-visible moisture.
SERVPRO of Kelowna’s Water Drying Process:
Unwanted Water In Your Home? 5 Steps To Take To Prevent Further Damage
Professional water drying equipment set up in a home that recently experienced water damage.
Flooding can be the result of weather or home issues, including plumbing failures. Unwanted water in your home can be very traumatic and overwhelming.
Here are 5 steps to take when you have unwanted water in your home:
- Stop the Water -Unless the flooding is due to an act of nature, find the source of the water and turn it off. The fastest way to stop water is to turn off the main water valve.
- Turn Off the Electricity -Turn off electrical breaker
- Take pictures - Document, document, document! -Before any restoration begins ensure you document the damage and your belongings for insurance purposes.
- Call SERVPRO - SERVPRO can handle the water removal, structural drying, and any mold remediation. Time is of the essence when dealing with water! Calling in the professionals to inspect the damage and begin the drying process can save your belongings, as well as significantly reduce damage and restoration/repair costs. (Not to mention prevent mold growth)
- Call your insurance company to begin the claims process.
In addition, the Canadian Red Cross has a great article about what to do before, during and after a flood caused by weather: https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/emergencies-and-disasters-in-canada/types-of-emergencies/floods
Protect your home from water disasters!
Flooded basement (PM Images / Getty Images)
Water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters your home can experience. Protect your most important asset against water damage. In the case of an emergency call SERVPRO Kelowna at 250-899-9789 and follow these tips until we arrive https://www.SERVPROkelowna.com/water-damage-tips
Properly maintaining your home is the best ways to prevent water damage/disasters.
- Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home.
- Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system.
- Inspect all appliance hoses and faucets semi annually
- Inspect showers, tubs and sinks on a regular basis
- Check plumbing and heating pipes.
- If you're heading on vacation, have a friend or family member checking on your home and shut off the water supply to the washing machine before you leave
- Check for cracks in your basement foundation and floors.
And remember to protect your treasured memories before disaster happens. Store your valuables and memorabilia in waterproof bins or fire safes. Keep them stored on shelving and off the floor.
Time is key in the event of water leaks or disasters. There is a water damage