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Water Damage In Kansas City

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property A water loss incident can happen when you least expect it.

Contractors Rupture Main Water Line Causing Water Damage in Kansas City

Water spills can happen at any time leading to financial losses and general inconveniences. A home in Kansas was heavily damaged when an excavator hit a main pipe during a landscaping project. The resulting jet of water hit a wall of the house and gained access through an open window damaging contents and building materials.

Saving Electronics
Water damage at the Kansas home took different forms, including affecting some electronic items. Although they were not submerged in water, there was some moisture intrusion, which could lead to rusting and other damages if left unchecked. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to help save electronics affected by water. We set up a dehumidifier at the loss site immediately after arrival to control humidity levels. Controlling temperature levels also helps prevent cooling to the dew point to prevent damages caused by condensation.

Dealing with Vapor Barriers
Some of the water that spilled into the house found a way into the wall cavities. Walls usually have different porous materials such as drywall and insulation, which can be damaged by oversaturation. The walls at the house presented a unique challenge because they had wallpaper, which acts as a vapor barrier delaying the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to handle vapor barriers. Drilling holes at the bottom of the walls allowed us to ventilate dry air into the wall cavities countering the effects of the vapor barrier.

Tracing Hidden Wet Spots
When resolving sudden water spills, there is a possibility of leaving some wet spots, which can cause problems later. Subfloors and non-living spaces such as attics and basements are easy to overlook. Our SERVPRO technicians do thorough scoping to ensure we do not overlook any section of the property. At the home, the water spill had not reached any of the non-loving areas. However, inspecting the floor using a thermal camera revealed some water intrusion before the surface. We set up drying mats to help remove the water without tearing down the tiles.

A water loss incident can happen when you least expect it. Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown at (816) 895-8890 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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