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How Does Flood Damage Affect Crawlspaces in Lake Worth?

7/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Crawlspace Concerns after Storm Damage in Lake Worth 

The heavy rains seen during extreme weather events can affect all levels of your Lake Worth home. When assessing the harm done by a rainstorm, make sure the restoration company you choose evaluates every area making up your dwelling, including the foundation supporting your house. Your property's structural integrity depends on the proper assessment of any damage done to the lowest level of your home. 

The older homes in the Lake Worth neighborhoods often experience storm damage to the crawlspace type foundation chosen years before to allow cooling air to circulate and permit easy access to utility lines. If the heavy rain runoff collects or soaks into areas of the crawlspace, moisture issues become a significant problem. Deterioration of structural components and mold growth can follow. We have strategies and recommendations that can help restore and stabilize the space. 

When the SERVPRO team arrives, our project manager conducts a thorough inspection of the foundation's damage. We look for contributing factors such as cracks and eroded or poorly configured drainage configurations. We discuss making arrangements to repair gutters and downspouts or regrade the ground surrounding the crawlspace to help avoid or minimize storm damage in the future. 

We use pumps stocked on our service vehicles to remove water from the crawlspace. Cold water pipes that might add to the water load under your house because of condensation might need wrapping. Any insulation soaked during the storm damage needs removal and replacement. SERVPRO technicians complete the dry out of your raised crawlspace foundation with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.  

Throughout the project, our IICRC-trained employees take moisture readings, helping us to set, and finally achieve final drying goals. Once SERVPRO completes the drying phase, we make decisions to prevent subsequent water damage from the storms that are likely to recur. You might consider installing a vapor barrier encapsulation system with a sump pump option. 

SERVPRO of Lake Worth offers a range of options to help our community recover after storm damage to a crawlspace foundation. Call us at (561) 588-9777 to schedule an assessment as soon as possible after the rain.  

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