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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Don't Stand for Standing Water

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

A basement with standing water in it A still taken from our video of standing water with some ink in it. It would look good if it wasn't such a mess!

The only thing worse than stepping into your basement and hearing the squish of soggy carpet is hearing the splash of standing water. While any water damage is a tough situation standing water presents some unique challenges and hazards. Let's take a look at what SERVPRO does to stand up to standing water. 

First off if the standing water has submerged electrical outlets or active components be aware that electrocution is a serious concern. In order to get that standing water out we often need drop a sump pump into the standing water in order to pump out the remaining water. Check out our video where we explain that process in more detail.  

Once the water has drained out of your basement we have to evaluate what the extent of the damage in order to determine the next steps. Depending on the materials affected, category of water (meaning contamination level), length of time the water sat, and many other criteria we create a drying plan and explain it to our customers before starting work. Sometimes that can mean cutting the walls and throwing away a lot of building materials and sometimes we are able to save walls and really anything else which hasn’t sustained a large amount of damage.  

If you are experiencing water damage yourself give us a call at 316-684-6700

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