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Water is Coming Through the Floors, Whom Should I Call?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Model homes in water After your home suffers water damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

Groundwater Flooding Can Cause Significant Harm to a Property. SERVPRO Flood Damage Restoration Technicians in Reading Can Help.

What causes groundwater flooding?

Heavy and persistent rainfall in Reading can lead to a rise in the water table. If water reaches a point of saturation, it can be forced out of the ground, rising upwards. Groundwater flooding is an issue that first affects subterranean parts of the home like cellars or crawl spaces. However, evaporating moisture can condensate on the lower subfloor leading to potential mold growth or water damage. Drying groundwater flooding is challenging because the areas affected tend to be restrictive spaces. Places like a crawl space may not fit conventional drying equipment like water extractors. It is best advised to seek out professional assistance should your home fall foul of groundwater flooding.

What level of damage does a home suffer from groundwater flooding?

- Standing water in a crawl space

- Possible overloading of sump pumps in cellars 

- Condensation damage of the lower subfloor or wall cavities

Is groundwater dangerous?

The outcome of flood damage in your Reading home may present safety challenges for restorers. Groundwater can be problematic because standard safety protocols may be impossible to implement. A SERVPRO technician may need to enter a crawl space where there could be loose wiring, electrical hazards, or exposed nails. Emergency mitigation equipment like pumps may need to be specialized to remove water from a cavity efficiently. A high-pressure pump is the only equipment powerful enough to transport water uphill. Since groundwater comes through floors, water is highly likely contaminated, and technicians must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

What safety precautions should I take in a flooded home?

- Shut off external power to the property

- Equip with heavy-duty gloves and eyewear

- Inspect the structure for potential weaknesses

Groundwater flooding can be a traumatic event. Contact SERVPRO of Reading at (610) 779-8189.

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