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Repairing and Preventing Water Damage in Little Rock

12/12/2022 (Permalink)

inside of water damaged home, drywall and flooring removed Our area is prone to strong storms and flooding events year round. But you can rest easy. SERVPRO is always on call.

SERVPRO Is an Expert at Storm-Related Water Damage Restoration

Periods of unpredictable weather can be a nightmare for homeowners. Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding cause property damage. These damages can occur to roofing, porches, crawlspaces, and garages. Often, a violent storm can stack problems causing damage to the interior of your home. A strong wind, for example, can destroy roofing tiles. Without sufficient protection, loft spaces become exposed to torrential rainfall leading to wet insulation, ceiling leaks, and potential mold issues. SERVPRO is a dedicated restoration team with experience repairing storm-related problems. 

We Repair:

  • Ceiling leaks
  • Water damage 
  • Flooded crawlspaces

There are several challenges for storm-related water damage in Little Rock. If the roofing is damaged, the first port of call is to stem the water flow. Our emergency services can prevent rainwater intrusion by sealing roof cavities with a tarp or boarding up larger holes with a plyboard. After mitigating the source of the problem, we can begin reversing the existing damages. Our technicians scope the attic by removing wet insulation and inspecting potential moisture migration onto beams and roof underlay. Drying the attic space requires advanced structural drying equipment with large venting box fans or rapid air movers to dry damp attic spaces before a microbial infestation can occur.

Mitigating Damages in Wet Attics

  • Machines that generate airflow are the most useful for encouraging evaporation. However, a portable furnace combined with a dehumidifier can also be effective.
  • Technicians may use EPA-registered biocides or antimicrobial treatment on beams and underlay to discourage mold growth.
  • Wet insulation must be removed, disposed of, and replaced to prevent secondary issues, which is usually inexpensive to complete.

Roofs and attic spaces are at high risk of water intrusion during the winter, but there are preventive measures that homeowners can perform to prevent emergencies. Ice dams exert extra pressure onto roof and drainage systems. Removing these during the winter months using a rubber mallet or applying powdered sodium chloride can protect the roof structure and prevent water intrusion issues in the future. 

Experienced technicians are a fundamental asset in emergency roof repair. Contact SERVPRO of Little Rock for water damage technicians at (501) 803-9700.

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