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Refrigerator in Seattle Kitchen Causes Need for Water Removal

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

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You Should Always Have a Plan For The Possibility of Water Damage in Your Seattle Home

The water and ice dispenser on a refrigerator is a great convenience. What you may not think about is the amount of water that has the potential to spill if there is a malfunction. 

When a supply line to the ice maker in a refrigerator developed a split, the Seattle home needed fast water removal. The amount of water spilled into the floor in a shorter time was significant. 

Scoping the Damage in the Kitchen

SERVPRO technicians know from experience that visible water is usually only part of the problem. Moisture wicks rapidly into sheetrock and seeps under tile and into the subfloor. That is why the techs perform a visual assessment and use different types of moisture detection equipment to ensure that they do not miss any areas of water loss. As a result, the techs confirmed the presence of water under the laminate floorboards and within the plywood subfloor required drying. 

Water Extraction Equipment

The removal equipment that the techs bring to the worksite is much more powerful than a consumer-grade wet/dry vac. The centrifugal pumps have the power to pull embedded moisture to the surface. The ability to use multiple extractors simultaneously makes the water cleanup process go much faster and, in many cases, assists with lessening the water loss in the home. 

Removal of Water Loss Materials

The planks directly in front of the fridge were past the point of restoration due to the absorption of water and required replacement. This action opened up the subfloor for drying. The techs set up drying mats to force air into the plywood subfloor and floor joists of the crawlspace. The drying process gets carefully monitored to ensure the water loss area attains preset moisture content level goals. 

Prepping the Floor for Installation of New Floorboards

Before the new replacement flooring got installed, SERVPRO technicians treated the water loss areas with an antimicrobial sealant to ensure mold growth would not be a problem in the home. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 brings the necessary equipment for complete water removal of any scale on your property. Using their advanced restoration methods makes the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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