What Are the Main Objectives of Professional Flood Recovery?
When flooding occurs in your Los Gatos home, we can employ several tasks and equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."
Flooding can become one of the most challenging disasters for property owners to address in their Los Gatos homes. While it might be desirable to overcome these conditions on your own, this is not always possible without the direct intervention and actions of our SERVPRO professionals. With emergencies like penetrating water, there are multiple strategies for minimizing the ultimate damage through mitigation solutions such as water removal, cleaning, and content recovery.
Because flood damage in Los Gatos homes could mean multiple conditions, the restoration and recovery of these disasters must begin immediately. We have a substantial roster of water restoration technicians accredited through standard-setting firms like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA). With this extensive training and experience in the field, we can overcome many of the initial hurdles that threaten area houses from the onset of floodwater penetration.The main objectives of responding technicians include:
- Extraction – This specific effort focuses on removing surface water pooling throughout the property, trapped water in porous materials, or the standing water that can be as deep as several feet in specific flooding occurrences.
- Cleaning – Flooding can leave your home in desperate need of thorough cleaning, even when contaminants are not a concern. We have experienced cleaning technicians ready to respond, from residues and debris removal to help your home through each of these phases.
- Content Management – In many ways, the items and personal belongings in your house can be as valuable and meaningful as the structure itself. We have several methods of protecting your possessions.
- Drying – As with all water loss scenarios, even various flooding conditions, drying is the backbone of returning the property to its preloss state.
What Is the Most Efficient Extraction Approach?
Water removal is an evolving situation, so the tools that get used to address this condition must meet the current threat. While we have many extraction tools in our extensive recovery inventory, choosing the right one of these options makes mitigation and, ultimately, restoration more efficient and cost-effective for the customer. We have a wide range of capabilities, from handheld units that can move from one damaged area to another to outdoor machines running off a truck engine that can pull water from a property at a forceful 300 psi. Some of the typical options we choose among for extraction include:
- Truck-Mount Pumps
- Submersible Pumps
- Trash Pumps
- Wet Vacuums
- Carpet Wands
What Areas Need to be Cleaned?
Cleaning is an essential step after a flood loss. Natural flooding amplifies this need, as there is an added threat of contaminations like bacteria, sewage, or viral pathogens that could have entered in with the rising waters. When contamination is not a threat, there are still many areas that need to get thoroughly cleaned throughout the property, including spaces where controlled demolition was necessary, carpets held water, residues were left behind on surfaces and other situations.
What Happens to My Belongings?
Content management is one of the most critical services that our SERVPRO team offers after any loss incident, as all disasters that impact your home could have a detrimental effect on your possessions. In the case of flooding, several unique threats could destroy your belongings, including foul odors, water damage, and surface staining. Based on the severity of the damage and what our initial inspection and scoping of the property determines, we have several potential approaches to help us determine what is best for exposed contents. We offer solutions for:
- On-Site Relocation
- On-Site Cleaning and Recovery
- Off-Site Cleaning, Recovery, and Storage
How Can My Home Get Dry After Widespread Flood Loss?
Drying your property is not a one-size-fits-all solution after a widespread water loss emergency. Even with the bulk of the water damage resolved through effective extraction and content management steps, improper drying can allow for secondary harmful effects like mold colonies to develop. We utilize many tools and are careful about their placement to maximize their output and performance in the drying zones. This continual monitoring shows when these units should get moved or positioned in more damaged areas of the structure.
Flooding can be a challenging obstacle for even our certified and experienced SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno team. We have a fast response and extensive inventory of recovery tools to help your property however it needs after a flood loss. We are ready to respond 24/7 when you call (408) 600-2020.