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Avoid Unexpected Safety Issues During Nashville Water Damage Remediation

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoid Unexpected Safety Issues During Nashville Water Damage Remediation Finding water damage in your home can feel overwhelming especially when the problem uncovers older home building materials. Call SERVPRO.

Addressing Major Safety Concerns During Water Damage Restoration in Nashville 

If a water damage incident occurs in your building and it is not attended to as soon as possible, further damage is likely to take place. When that happens, materials like drywall and flooring may weaken and cause possible structural hazards. We start by performing an inspection of your Nashville property before offering appropriate water restoration and mitigation services. It means you cannot reenter the structure until we determine it is safe.
 
We are going to look at some of the safety steps that our SERVPRO technicians perform during water damage restoration in Nashville. In incidents where the water enters the building from above, wet drywall can soften, and the ceilings might fall onto the occupants or our employees. To free water from the ceiling cavities, we drill weep holes. We avoid punching up the holes in a row to avoid introducing perforations on the ceiling. We usually punch the weep holes from the ceiling's outside to prevent it from collapsing. Also, we wait until the first hole stops draining before making the second one.
 
Usually, particleboard floors lose their stability when they are heavily soaked with water. In such cases, they might fail to support the weight of people or machines. We have to examine the subfloor and determine its stability before we proceed with the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians also check whether the site has sharp objects such as broken glass and exposed nails.
 
Some sites may have hazardous materials such as asbestos. Whenever we come across materials that have asbestos, we do not perform activities which are likely to disturb them and release dust. It means we cannot saw, cut, hammer, break, drill, sand, brush or scrub the material. Also, we are cautious when working in older structures - buildings made before 1960 - since they might have lead-based paint which may lead to health effects.
 
SERVPRO of South Nashville offers 24-hour cleaning and restoration services that address commercial and residential needs. Call us at (615) 331-0200 and work with our highly experienced technicians who use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment.

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