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How Moisture Can Become Costly

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Before you start restoring your property in case of a water intrusion, you might be expecting such a costly process. However, expenses can pile up to unexpected levels as you address the issues. If you are prepared, you can anticipate costs and take steps to keep them from becoming out of control.

Since the main issue to handle during water damage restoration in a Piscataway home is moisture management, it is vital to have a plan put in place.  If left unaddressed, it causes significant material deterioration requiring elaborate repairs or replacements.

Some costly problems associated with the moisture management approach include:

  • Buckling or cupping in wooden structural materials
  • Warping or cracking of solid wood 
  • Mold development and bad odor

Most of the issues develop from changes in the structural layout of the materials. For instance, moisture can cause glues holding composite materials together to deteriorate or individual cells in materials to swell, which then alters their shape. Many such changes become permanent over time, so the only solution would be to replace the material, which can be costly.

Another cost caused by moisture in the home is the time spent resolving water damage. More hours mean extra labor costs or lost productivity if you were to do the restoration yourself. The best way to address this is to improve efficiency, thereby limiting the overall time needed to fix the problems. The advanced training and sophisticated tools that SERVPRO teams use maximize efficiency.

Some steps to improve efficiency include:

  • Using fast water extractors such as truck-mounted pumps
  • Running dehumidifiers throughout the restoration process
  • Balancing the ratio of dehumidifiers to air movers

SERVPRO of Piscataway uses various strategic approaches to keep water damage restoration costs manageable. You can reach us at (732) 752-4445.

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