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Northampton Flood Damage Drying Techniques

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Dogs in a puddle After a flood, count on SERVPRO for assistance. Call us at (413) 324-1300, we are available 24/7.

Systems to Remove Flood Damage from Your Home

Excess rainfall can affect nearly every home in some fashion. When it causes streams or rivers to crest their banks, the problem increases significantly and can cause thousands of dollars in repairs. 

Standing water is the primary source of flood damage to Northampton homes, but removing it lessens the problem; it does not eliminate it. To do that, SERVPRO removes moisture from the property and the air. When lowering the air humidity levels, we use either a Closed or an Open system. 

Closed System for Flood Damage Restoration

We seal the affected area from other parts of the home and outside air for a Closed system. Dehumidifiers are the first machines we use for this process. A Closed system is a preferred method for smaller areas with a high humidity level since it is easier to seal off a single-entry point with plastic sheeting or close and seal the doors and windows. Technicians also use the HVAC in a Closed system; air conditioning can significantly help the dehumidifiers speed up the process. 

Flood Damage Remediation Using an Open System

An Open system is more efficient for larger areas. We use fans and air movers to force out the moist air inside the home and replace it with drier air from the outside. However, if the humidity level of the air outside is not significantly lower than inside, this is not an efficient process. Higher temperatures outside are also necessary. 

Although an Open system can work faster, it does come with a set of disadvantages. Additional monitoring is required to check the equipment and keep watch on the open doors and windows to prevent trespassing, theft, and vandalism. If we use the HVAC, then there is an energy loss for every minute it is on. Finally, the weather can turn, and the process must either stop or switch to a Closed system. 

SERVPRO of Hampshire County knows that removing flood water is only the beginning of restoring your home to its original state. We are here to get you through every step and explain what we need to do. If you require our help, call us at (413) 324-1300 today. 

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