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4 Steps for Drying Out Your Crawl Space

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in crawlspace SERVPRO employee with a protective suit crawling into the house's crawlspace.

A massive storm can damage your home in Bartlett, TN; Cordova, TN; or surrounding area. Flooding doesn't always happen in the most obvious places. If you find standing water in your crawl space after a rainstorm, you may need water restoration specialists. These certified technicians have proper equipment and experience to remove the water and ensure no residual damage lingers. Here are the steps SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova takes:

1. Extraction

You may have a well-maintained sump pump in your crawl space, but an industrial pump on a truck can get the water out faster. Once technicians arrive and assess the situation, they will probably want to remove the excess water immediately. The sooner it's extracted, the less damage it can do to your house.

2. Debris Removal

When your crawl space flooded, likely, debris washed in with the stormwater. Other items already in the space may have been submerged. Experts can use a trash pump to remove everything from the area.

3. Cleanup

The cleanup process's extent depends mostly on how much water flooded the crawl space and how long it was sitting there. Technicians may have to use special equipment to remove water-damaged materials. The contaminated area must be thoroughly disinfected to rid of any bacteria that came in with the stormwater.

4. Drying

After the space is clean, technicians must make sure no excess moisture remains. The drying process can help keep secondary damage, such as mold growth from occurring. Only after the space is completely dry can any necessary rebuilding take place.

It may seem simple to remove water from your crawl space with only your sump pump. If you want to ensure that you avoid further damage, though, it's best to entrust SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova to handle it!

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