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What Areas of My Kitchen Can Get Destroyed by a Water Leak?
Our technicians can provide a fast and knowledgeable response to dry and restore water-damaged Los Angeles kitchens.
Leaks from the plumbing going to your sink fixtures or other appliances in the kitchen can be challenging to detect initially. In many cases, homeowners do not recognize there is a concern until structural degradation or even mold growth begins. Noticing a leak or breach in your plumbing system as soon as possible can protect multiple areas susceptible to water damages, such as:
- Drywall & Wall Systems
While a pressing need for water cleanup in your Los Angeles kitchen might be apparent, many of these property owners might not fully appreciate the severity of the loss. Without thoroughly assessing the damage in the house, you might allow dampness and moisture pockets to persist. Not fully drying out a residence can lead to the deterioration of exposed materials and contents, the development of mold colonies, and other potentially harmful situations.
What Removes Water Damage from Hardwood and Tile Floors?
Clearing standing water is one of the many obstacles that our responding SERVPRO team might address upon arrival to your house. We have multiple tools to address direct threats like these, including extractors and drying tools. More potentially hazardous conditions arise when surface water gets absorbed by damaged tile flooring or porous natural hardwood floors. Specialty equipment can help to remove free water trapped in wood planks and beneath tile flooring.
- Removing Surface Water
Homeowners often fixate on the immediate water they can see in a loss incident. In some situations, like leaks that occur over long periods, the surface water might not be as considerable of a threat as saturation. When standing water does exist, however, we can utilize wet vacuums with wands to reach inaccessible areas and help to reduce surface water to a manageable situation for mops, towels, air movers, and other drying practices.
- Floor Mat Systems
Specialty tools like floor mat systems offer a direct removal of trapped water in hardwood and tile flooring in areas accessible to our experienced technicians. When water damage occurs out in the main floor space of the kitchen, for example, setting up drying mats can pull trapped water from the material to reduce a need for tear-out and reinstallation.
Do Cabinets Need Replacing Once They Get Wet?
Cabinets are often one of the materials most susceptible to prolonged leaking because they surround much of the exposed plumbing in your house. Supply lines that have small leaks can continually spray on cabinets, delaminating finished particleboard materials, and distorting the appearance and strength of more expensive hardwood cabinetry. We can utilize three approaches to address damp cabinets in a kitchen.
- Centrifugal Air Movers
Air movers are among the most powerful weapons in our arsenal for removing moisture directly from exposed materials and the environment. Unlike the axial models that we also use in water restoration projects, centrifugal air movers isolate specific points of damaged materials to evaporate the moisture that has gotten trapped.
Through both the use of air movers and the natural environment in the affected areas of your home, relative humidity is excessive. Effective drying of structural fixtures like the cabinets hinges on a balance of temperature, airflow, and humidity. Desiccant dehumidifiers can pull moisture from the air to reduce relative humidity to a point where drying is more efficient, and the likelihood of mold production gets reduced.
- Controlled Demolition
In some situations, the only suitable solution is to remove overly damaged cabinets. This material discarding is a last resort for costlier hardwood fixtures but might not be as strong of a blow for those with particleboard cabinets. Our in-house contractors can reinstall new cabinets as needed to make it “Like it never even happened.”
How Do I Recognize Drywall Damage After a Leak?
- Warping or Distortion
Drywall systems can be a highly sensitive series of materials for water absorption. Within 24 hours of exposure, sheetrock can become unsalvageable and distorted by water absorption. Buckling and crumbling are two ways that you can notice substantial damage occurring to exposed drywall.
Swelling can create a substantial threat to drywall, as it can become too heavy for screws into the framing studs to support. When this occurs, the best solution is to allow our contractors to perform flood cuts at minimum to protect portions of drywall not yet damaged by wicking moisture.
- Microbial Growth
Spotting is a sign that mold has begun to develop on susceptible surfaces like sheetrock. As a host for this hazardous organism, occupants of the house could be subject to health effects. Microbial growth is a destructive effect in itself and can spread quickly without the intervention of our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT.)
Water leaks in your kitchen can present several unfavorable conditions simultaneously. Our SERVPRO of Highland Park team can help you address these effects using sophisticated tools and approaches. Give us a call anytime you need us at (323) 255-1001.
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