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6/23/2022 (Permalink)

The Difference Between DIY Water Damage Cleanup and Professional Extraction in San Antonio Properties

Limiting loss is the reason to begin water damage cleanup as soon as possible. Unfortunately, water moves quickly and runs downward. It is challenging to determine migration paths without professional equipment.

Often Medina County Homeowners Start Water Damage cleanup and soon find they need assistance. Water degrades by absorbing contacted materials as it sits within a property and, after 48-hours, receives the designation of black water, a category three biohazard, which is why cleanup should happen as quickly as possible after the initial event.


The technicians have extensive training for water extraction and the restoration of homes affected by water damage. For example, solid wood table legs may look like a loss with swelling from water exposure, but your SERVPRO technician has both the techniques and experience to give that piece of furniture restoration potential rather than have it counted as a loss. This action saves money on the purchase of a replacement. This is content preservation.

Locating Water Within the Home

Unless homeowners have access to different types of moisture detection equipment, there is no way to determine if water has migrated within floor joists or wall cavities without the removal of baseboards or portions of the flooring. SERVPRO technicians bring several types of moisture detection equipment that have sensitivity levels to detect moisture within walls and other hidden areas without the need for removal of the sheetrock or baseboards. Both pointed and flat moisture meters, infrared camera imaging, and thermo-hygrometers are in the SERVPRO arsenal of scoping and detection devices.

Professional Water Extraction is a Must

DIY water cleanup leaves the property at risk of both mold development and foul odors. SERVPRO has different kinds of equipment to use for various surfaces. Portable pumps with weighted extractor heads push the water out of carpet and padding, while squeegees are an efficient way to collect the water on tile or laminate floors.

Drying Equipment Makes the Difference

You can use every fan in your home and even borrow a few to dry wet floors, but generally, only the surface dries. SERVPRO uses centrifugal air movers, and it is not just a pretty name. These specialized pieces of equipment blow air at such high velocities, it causes embedded moisture to rise where industrial dehumidification equipment captures and ports it away. The result is a dry water loss area from top to bottom. The drying goals are to achieve acceptable moisture content levels (typically 12% or less) in materials and an ambient RH of about 50%.

At the first sign of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Medina County at (830) 584-1704. The certified technicians stand ready to assist local homeowners with any kind of water loss and make it "Like it never even happened."

We service Medina County Zip Codes

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