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How a Microburst Caused Major Flood Damage to a Dover Home

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

When the forecast is for storms, keep SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at the top of your contact list!

SERVPRO Handles Microburst Flood Damage in Dover Home

Flood damage is one of the most severe water events that can happen to a residential or commercial property. This type of water rates as a category three or black water event and requires special handling due to safety and potential health issues, should always be professionally cleaned up. 

Our SERVPRO emergency response team mitigated flood damage in a Dover residence caused by an intense thunderstorm known as a microburst. These storms can drop several inches of rain in a short period and backed up drainage systems quickly. The result was groundwater collected around the back porch area and drained through the backdoor into a home caused water damage. 

The homeowner took actions before our arrival that assisted with a more positive outcome from the water intrusion. He moved furniture in the room away from the flood water as it entered and blotted up what he could to keep spreading at a minimum. When our technicians arrived on site a short time later, we immediately scoped the room and found the damage localized to a single area of the room. 

Water migrates and travels quickly through porous things such as carpet and padding, and even though the homeowner had blotted up a portion of the water, the carpet had taken on a large amount of water and was very wet and heavy. With the homeowner's permission, we cut the carpeting into the strips and discarded it as it was not restorable. 

We extracted the remaining moisture and dried the room using both air movers and air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to assist in removing any airborne residual odors left behind by the water. Once the room attained drying goals, SERVPRO technicians thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the room to get it prepped for the installation of new carpeting. 

Flood damage should be addressed as quickly as possible to limit loss, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301, and our certified restoration specialists arrive within hours of your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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