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Restoring Desired Moisture Levels in Flood-Damaged Los Angeles Homes

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm When a storm hits home, call the professionals at SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified techs are ready for any size storm damaged job.

Flooding Can Leave Many Structural Elements in Los Angeles Properties Saturated and in Need of Moisture Removal. 

Flooding can be more common to Los Angeles homes and businesses than you might think. With many exposed contents and structural elements, many look to the professionals of our SERVPRO team to help. Effective drying of flooded spaces involves restoring desired moisture levels within flood-damaged properties, including specific relative humidity percentages required for individual building materials.

Moisture Detection Devices 

Visual inspection is only part of the process for identifying flood damage to Los Angeles properties. Technicians rely on moisture detection devices to gain perspective on the depth of the damage and how the migration of water extends beyond the surface layer. Likewise, an initial moisture inspection determines affected assemblies and the edge of the water-damaged area.

Determining the Desired Moisture Levels

All drying efforts are designed around the nature of water damage to seek equilibrium. When met with the ideal relative humidity and temperature, materials can reach a point in which they do not intake nor expel moisture. Achieving this balance is critical for the restoration of specific materials and zones, including:

  • Wood flooring
  • Carpets
  • Drywall
  • Environmental humidity

Preventing Mold and Microbial Growth

Flood damage can be even more alarming when you consider the possibilities of mold and microbial growth. The potential contaminants present in natural flooding can act as an amplifier for microbial development in moist environments. Preventing growth involves the application of mold inhibitors and biocide products.

Flood damage can develop rapidly and overwhelm Los Angeles County homes. Our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team seeks out the desired moisture content in building materials to efficiently manage flood losses and the damage they can do. Give us a call at (213) 628-2000.

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