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SERVPRO Says Chicago Heights Structures Benefit from Rapid Water Removal

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Basement Flooding and Dampness in Chicago Heights? Call SERVPRO for Mitigation and Drying

Mitigation for Flooding Basements in Chicago Heights

The basement area of your Chicago Heights home can get affected by many potential threats throughout its time. With underground moisture and springs, water pressure constantly exists against the blockwork and masonry used to construct the walls of the basement and foundation. After years of this pressure, the mortar joints can begin to weaken and allow penetration in certain spots. As moisture can pass through these small openings, the damage gets more considerable and eventually becomes an entire breach.

What results from water flow into your Chicago Heights basement is flood damage. With the understanding that many people use these areas for storage of their belongings, it can quickly become a serious situation that requires professional assistance to overcome. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help mitigate flood loss, and this begins with a full assessment of the damage, determining where the water is coming into the area from, and also removing at-risk items from the area to prevent irreparable damage.

Our assessment of the damage is much more than just entering the home and looking at where water is visible. We have sophisticated tools like our thermal imagery cameras that can identify moisture pockets into blockwork and determine where the source of the damage is, but also if the masonry is retaining moisture as well. Often weep holes get drilled into the course of blockwork closest to the flooring to drain collected water, and these holes get later filled up with hydraulic cement to protect them from becoming vulnerabilities themselves.

Quick extraction is critical in flooding situations so that our SERVPRO professionals can get to drying efforts as promptly as possible. The contents department can also remove at-risk items and belongings from the basement to prevent overexposure to the pooling water that makes them unsalvageable to our advanced restoration techniques.

Preventing flooding in your basement is a battle that many homeowners begin to lose as their homes continue to age. When flooding occurs, you can count on our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher rapid response team to arrive fast to help. Give us a call anytime at (708) 672-0077.

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