How Professionals Remove Water From Your New Orleans Property
Professional Water Removal for New Orleans Homes
For a New Orleans home to flood, it does not need a levee to break or even for it to rain. Many water issues can come from innocuous sources like a split water hose to a dishwasher or when a shut-off valve fails to perform as designed.
In each case, water removal is crucial for New Orleans homes. SERVPRO professionals understand that even a small amount of water can adversely affect floors, carpets, and walls if not quickly taken out of the house.
Water Removal Services
For large amounts of water, our team members start with pumps and other extraction devices. Our commercial pumps can remove the majority of the water in a day or two, depending on the size of the home. This initial action stops much of the damage and prevents any further issues from happening.
Next, technicians use other devices to draw water off floors and out of carpets. For closets and other small areas, they use extraction wands. They can adjust the vacuum rate on these portable devices to quickly remove the water without causing secondary damage to carpet fibers or wood floorboards.
In living rooms and other large areas, team members use extractors that move slowly under their power while SERVPRO professionals ride on or walk behind to monitor the results and adjust accordingly. If there is a pad underneath, our personnel detach the carpet from the floor, roll it up and remove the soaked foam rubber pad for disposal.
Water Clean Up
As specialists finish the carpets and floors, other team members examine the walls for damage. Drywall panels are excellent material for interior walls, but they can soak up an incredible amount of water in a short period. Even just an inch or two of flooding can cause panels to crack and crumble. If there are no visible signs yet, they can use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force warm air across the surface, pushing out moisture into the air and push it outside the home.
Since there is often some water behind the walls, team members remove the floor trim and drill several small holes into affected panels behind it. That allows water to drain, and then other specialists insert a hose attached to an air mover to force warm, dry air into the wall cavity to dry the panels and the wall framing.
At SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank, our task is to return every flooded home to its owner in a dry condition and safe to live in once more. It is not a simple or even a quick process in some cases, but we ensure the owner understands everything we do to place their family back into their residence as quickly as possible. If you need us, call (504) 348-7526 today to get started.