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If Your Lake Worth Crawlspace Suffers Damage After A Flood, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

To schedule an inspection or a visit from one of our teams, call (561) 588-9777 today.

Protecting Lake Worth Crawlspaces From Flooding

Lake Worth homes, like the rest of South Florida, do not have basements, but instead, have a crawlspace which raises the floor to a height of two feet or less from off the ground. It is done to protect the underside of the top level of the floor from damage and to give the floor space to naturally dry out when after it becomes soaked after a flood. The crawlspace is also useful for running cable, electrical, and water lines.

At two feet or less, a Lake Worth crawlspace with flood water cannot be easily accessed. Here, SERVPRO technicians find points where they can lift floorboards or drill holes behind floor trim to remove the water. They begin with one of the smaller pumps from our equipment inventory and hoses to reach into every corner.

To dry the crawlspace after removing the water, team members then attach the hoses to an air mover. The device allows us to pump in warm, dry air to force out moisture trapped in the support beams and sub-flooring. We check the results with a moisture meter, and either continue the process or close up the floor depending on the results.

It is better, of course, to keep flood water out of the crawlspace entirely. If the crawlspace is large enough for easy entry, SERVPRO technicians use a technique called encapsulation. It is a cost-effective method to protect any home from the flood effects brought on by our extreme weather.

The floor in most crawlspaces is dirt, so the initial focus is on the cinder block that makes up the short walls. If there are cracks in them, technicians fill each one with hydraulic cement. If there are many cracks, or for large ones, our personnel may cover the area with masonry cement as well. Together, they make a very effective seal against penetration from flood water.

Next, SERVPRO technicians level the dirt floor of the crawlspace. The action eliminates pooling of moisture. Then, they lay down heavy sheets of polyethylene and reinforce them with a mesh of polyester. It seals the floor to prevent moisture bleeding into the crawlspace and makes an excellent vapor barrier. Personnel then uses polyurethane caulk or foundation tape to secure the sheets to the walls and posts supporting the sub-floor structure.

If you have any concerns about the crawlspace under your home, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth today. Encapsulation takes only one visit from our restoration teams and is far more cost-effective at preventing damage than pumping out water after a flood. To schedule an inspection or a visit from one of our teams, call (561) 588-9777 today. We are here for you.

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