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Is Flood Damage to Your Fort Myers Home 'Grouting' on Your Nerves?

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Flood Damage to Your Fort Myers Home 'Grouting' on Your Nerves? Hurricane season may be over, but storm season is year round in Fort Myers.

Remediating Flood Damage In Fort Myers Kitchens And Bathrooms

The hurricane season is over, but Fort Myers homes still face rain and thunderstorms coming off the Gulf and out of the Atlantic. Owners that may still be in the process of rebuilding now face further problems and damage.  

The first steps in dealing with Fort Myers flood damage are to stop water from coming in and removing what has already entered the home. With more storms in the forecast, SERVPRO work crews move quickly to secure the home.  

They start with plywood or specially treated canvas to cover uncompleted repairs to the roof and walls. It may also be necessary to cover areas close to the ground if there is repair work in progress at entry points for the utilities.  

Next, crew members use industrial pumps to remove the flood water. Since this is outside water, there are contaminants like soil, lawn fertilizers, and more. They pump everything into the nearest sewer drain to avoid accidentally contaminating the owner and neighbor’s property.  

For new construction in bathrooms and kitchens, there are many tiles, which means new grout that is now at risk. SERVPRO teams use drying mats that can extract a massive amount of water from between tiles without damaging the grout keeping everything in place. They connect each mat to an adjustable vacuum that crew members monitor to avoid accidental damage.  

These mats are also very useful in drawing out water trapped between and underneath wood floors. The working action also helps to pull moisture out of the wood itself without causing any secondary damage to the surface of the wood.  

Regardless of the surface, our next step is to spray every surface that was underwater with a cleaning agent that contains an anti-bacterial chemical. Our crews use the agent carefully to avoid soaking the now dry surface. Once the chemical dries, the tile and wood are safe for children and pets to roam across once more.  

These first actions help SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda work crews prepare and return every home to its owner. The drying process can take an extensive amount of time, but it is worth the effort and cost to have your residence safe to live in once more. If you need help, call today at (941) 575-5910. We are here for you.

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