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Flood Damage in your Bradley Home

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

Removing Basement Flood Damage in Bradley

As many as 98% of basements are prone to water-related damage throughout the average home's lifetime. Whether it comes in through loose window seals, cracks in the foundation, or clogged gutters redirecting water toward the home, this type of damage can be both costly and far-reaching with only consumer-grade products. When the cause is flooding, however, homeowners have much more to worry about than mold growth or musty odors due to potential contaminants present in the water.

If your Bradley home's business needs flood damage mitigation, you can count on the IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO to get the job done right. These technicians receive both extensive training and continued learning opportunities through SERVPRO learning modules based on the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards and protocols. Not only does this education ensure that technicians, staff, and franchise owners are knowledgeable, but that homeowners benefit from a consistently high standard of cleanup and restoration.

Vulnerabilities in Your Basement
    •    Check your gutters. While the gutters are not part of your basement, clogged gutters and downspouts can allow water to penetrate your home during storms and flood conditions.
    •    Seal cracks. Hairline cracks are often not an issue, but anything 1/16" or larger should be thoroughly sealed as soon as possible.
    •    Monitor foundation damage. Have a professional evaluate the foundation of your home for potential damages that could be exacerbated by flooding.

Want to minimize the damage of flooding? Install water sensors so you can be alerted as soon as flooding starts, keep your possessions elevated with shelves and cinder blocks, and install a sump pump in your basement.

SERVPRO's Drying Process
SERVPRO technicians typically use two industrial-grade tools for structural drying: centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. In flood situations, these are utilized after water extraction and disinfection to minimize the spread of microbes in the air.

Air movers can pull moisture from walls most effectively when placed at a 45-degree angle in relation to the surface. If your basement is insulated with organic material like cotton or cellulose that may have been affected by flooding, removal is recommended to prevent the spread of mold and contaminants.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County has the tools and techniques to leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (815) 935-0077 for cleanup you can count on at any time of the day or night, including holidays.

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