Water Removal Services for the Fort Myers Area After Hurricane Irma
Restoring Water Damaged Homes After Irma
The recent hurricane has devastated parts of Florida; we have entire towns still without power a week later. Each day that a home remains under water increases the amount of damage to both personal and structural property.
Water removal in Fort Myers after Irma is a serious problem across the state and not just here in Lee County. SERVPRO has been augmented by our Large Loss Team and now has multiple franchise offices from across the country helping us to put homes and lives back in order.
With every home we walk into, our technicians start with a quick inspection to determine the extent of the flooding and what equipment is needed. If water is still flowing into the home, we try to block or redirect it.
If we cannot stop it, however, that does not stop us. If there is a way to remove water from the home and not have it re-enter or go into another structure, we use it. It may involve using multiple hoses to drain the water to a point many yards from the home where it goes into a storm drain or a nearby creek. To do this, we use commercial grade pumps to remove standing water quickly. For these larger amounts of water, we use multiple pumps if they are available.
Once we have the majority of the water out of the home, technicians change out the pumps for water extraction wands. These devices are specially designed to draw water out of wood floors and carpets without damaging them. The wands remove most of the remaining water, leaving moisture trapped underneath floors or in carpet pads.
To eliminate this final amount, we lift the carpets and take out the pads underneath. After several days under water, these pads have already started to deteriorate and cannot be dried using equipment or by being hung out in the sun. Before we lay the carpet back down, even temporarily, our IICRC-certified technicians may use the extraction wands again or a squeegee to remove any remaining moisture from the concrete surface.
With the carpets still lifted, we check behind walls for trapped water. If we find it, technicians remove floor trim and drill holes in each affected drywall panel to drain it. To speed up removing any remaining moisture, we use air movers to blow warm, dry air behind the panels. If they are already crumbling in place, we recommend to the homeowner that we remove and dispose of them immediately. Doing so helps to dry out the wall framing and other, salvageable panels.
Restoring our homes is going to take a long time, but SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is here to the end. If you need our services, please call today at (941) 575-5910 to schedule one of our inspectors and get started on the road to recovery. We are here for you and all of our neighbors.
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