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How to Handle Water Damage Challenges in Los Gatos With Ease

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

puddle of water on living room floor Regardless of the type of flooring that sustained the water damage, contact team SERVPRO for effective remediation services right away.

Better Handling of Unexpected Water Damage Incidents in Los Gatos  

Water spills are expected to cause damage if materials in the affected area are porous or susceptible to water damage in other ways. Water loss incidents readily damage carpets, wood, and composite materials, but vinyl and ceramic or stone tiles can withstand the effects of such incidents. However, damages can affect the resilient materials too.

Damage to Vinyl Floors

You might not feel worried about water damage in your Los Gatos home if you have a vinyl floor because the moisture does not affect the material. However, depending on how the Vinyl Composite Tiles are installed, problems may develop. The two standard installation methods are gluing-down or snapping them together. Moisture can affect the adhesives holding down the tiles damaging the floor. Our SERVPRO technicians use non-penetrative moisture meters to check for the presence of moisture below the surface. We also check whether the glues holding the tiles may contain asbestos.

Signs of Trouble

Damages to such floors manifest in different ways. For example, when water migrates through vinyl tiles installed over concrete, it comes up with a chalky residue. For tiles installed over particleboard, plywood, or Celotex underlayment, you might notice an increased occurrence of squeaking because of warping or other imperfections on the subfloor. In most cases, our SERVPRO technicians have to replace the tiles in the affected areas and dry the subfloor.

Damage to Stone and Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are made from a wide range of materials, including stone, glass, or ceramic. There are other varieties like quarry tiles and Terra Cotta. Damage to such floors depends on the underlying subfloor. If there is moisture intrusion, there might be a need to remove the tiles to take care of the subfloor. Alternatively, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized drying procedures, which rely on high temperatures and low humidity. We can use a negative pressure system or drying mats.

Water can damage the unexpected in your Monte Sereno, Cambrian, or ParkLexington Hills home. Call SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno at (408) 600-2020 to help manage such an incident, "Like it never even happened."

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