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Our Experts Can Save Your Water Damaged Mount Kisco Kitchen

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property For assistance removing water, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County 24/7 at (914) 241-8100.

Water Cleanup in Your Mount Kisco Kitchen

Coming home after work to an inch of standing water in your kitchen on a hot summer day is incredibly frustrating. You may not even be sure what to do first. After you turn off the water main, and the source of the leak attended to, you need to go about removing this excess water and mitigating further damage as quickly as possible.

Having a water cleanup in your Mount Kisco kitchen requires special care to ensure that your home does not incur any secondary damage such as soggy drywall or the growth of potentially harmful mold infestations. There are two significant issues that you need to deal with in this scenario, extracting the water, and dealing with the relative humidity (RH) in your kitchen. This is of particular concern because it is the summer and humidity levels are already high.

SERVPRO technicians first tackle the task of extracting the excess water. In this case, technicians use a truck-mounted extractor using a powerful vacuum to remove the excess water. They run off the vehicle's fuel and pull the water into the truck with the ability to hold 70 to 100 gallons of water. Using the truck-mounted extractor removes a majority of the water, and portable extractors remove the rest. They are smaller, more convenient, and can fit into most small areas within a kitchen. Unlike the truck-mounted extractor, the portable requires a power source either from inside the structure or a generator.

After SERVPRO technicians remove all visible excess water, they go about the task of strategically placing high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers around the kitchen to facilitate drying. While the room is drying, it is essential to consider the RH levels within the home. The goal is to keep the RH level below 60%, using the air movers and dehumidifiers to assist in that task by effectively pulling the moisture out of the air and blowing warm dry air back into the room.

Technicians use thermo-hygrometers (hygrometers) to measure the RH levels, comparing five areas within the worksite to ensure appropriate RH goals. They measure the air in the affected areas, the air in the unaffected areas within the structure, the air exhausted from the dehumidifier, and lastly, the air coming out of the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit). These are necessary measurements to determine a baseline for the structure and an appropriate RH goal for the affected area. Attaining the goal and bringing the RH down to ideal levels help the restorers know when the job is complete without over-drying the contents of the room or bringing the RH level down too far.

For assistance removing water, contact SERVPRO of Northern Westchester County 24/7 at (914) 241-8100. We are your neighbors, too, and close by to help.

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