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Restoring Flood Damaged Property In Fort Myers

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

The decision to remove or restore flood-damaged Fort Myers property requires more than a sentimental attitude.

Restoring Flood Damaged Property

Fort Myers residents have had to make some hard decisions this last year. The hurricane and other extreme weather incidents have destroyed not just homes, but personal property as well. Furniture and decorative items passed down through several generations were turned into debris that had to be removed just to determine how bad the damage is to the structure.

The decision to remove or restore flood-damaged Fort Myers property requires more than a sentimental attitude. SERVPRO can help make the decisions needed to determine which items are repairable and how much each might cost. We also help customers navigate their insurance company processes to meet all requirements.

Our restoration teams make these determinations using guidelines published by the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. To use an example, simple wood furniture like a kitchen set is usually simple to restore and repair. Most of the cost is damage to the varnish or other finish. If the table and chair legs were under water for an extended period, then there may be some swelling and splintering of the wood.

We can restore minor damage to finishes with a chemical agent that eliminates water spots. If the damage is a bit more severe, SERVPRO technicians can eliminate it by stripping the finish and applying a new coat.

For actual damage to the wood, we first have to remove any excess moisture in the table legs. Our restoration teams can accomplish this by placing dehumidifiers next to the item to slowly draw out the moisture without causing any further damage. If it appears we can move faster; we use air movers to blow warm, dry air over the surfaces which helps force out moisture, so the dehumidifier captures it.

Once we have eliminated the moisture, we carefully inspect the table and chairs. For minor splintering and warping, we can sand down any rough spots and minor bulges using sandpaper or powered sanders. We can hide our efforts with a new coat of varnish or another finisher.

With any flood damage, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda works to return your home and property to as close to its original state as possible. We know that walking into a room full of new furniture is nice, but it is not the same as sitting down to the same table you used as a child. If you need our services, call us today at (941) 575-5910.

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