Secondary Issues Resulting From Flooding in Colton
When Flood Damage is Not the Only Problem in a Colton Home
Imagine you were on vacation, flood damage to your home might be the furthermost thing from your mind. You have someone checking on the house, making sure Alexa turns the lights off and on and the home security system is on. What could go wrong?
Sunny weather prevails in Colton, but flood damage is a real threat from the intense storms this area experiences. A homeowner contacted SERVPRO after returning home late one night from several days away to a strong odor when he entered his home and found the cause. During storm days earlier, a tree limb had broken a window and rain had poured into a downstairs bedroom window.
SERVPRO arrived quickly after the call and immediately tarped over the hole in the window to stop any further damage from happening. Because the water had been sitting in the room for at last 48 hours, we treated it as a Category 3, black water situation which means the water could now contain bacteria or toxins that are hazardous.
We removed area rugs that had absorbed the rainwater were a large part of the odor in the room for cleaning and disinfection in our facility. The mattress was a loss and with the homeowner's permission was removed. The steel bedframe was unaffected as was the tile flooring and subfloor. Moisture detectors showed the moisture on the surface of the wall and elevated levels throughout the room.
Before drying, SERVPRO techs determine drying goals based on other readings in affected areas of the home. Air movers were set up to direct the moisture up where it captured by our desiccant dehumidifiers. Once we confirmed the bedroom as hitting drying goals, our technicians cleaned and disinfected all affected surfaces to ensure the room was sanitary which also neutralized the residual odor remaining in the room. The homeowner was pleased to find out our location offers building services, and after remediation of the water damage, we could also perform the necessary repairs on the window.
SERVPRO of Colton / Loma Linda / Grand Terrace is available at (909) 514-1900 when you need us. Our certified technicians arrive within hours and can handle any size flood damage situation and make it "Like it never even happened."
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