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Ultimate Solution to Knoxville Commercial Water Removal 

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded garage When water extraction is what your business needs, contact Team SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts. We are standing by to take your call.

What to Expect During Commercial Clean Water Removal from Carpeting in Knoxville

If a supply line breaks in your Knoxville office building, fast action by our team can ensure we need not add the complication of managing a deteriorating water situation. Clean water emergency services are different than those used with Category 2 (Gray) or Category 3 (Black) water. If we follow proper precautions, returning your business to preloss condition can occur quickly, “Like it never even happened.”

Review and Get Paperwork Signed

When we arrive, we scope the job and make sure that appropriate paperwork is in place to proceed to water removal in your Knoxville business. Involvement of hard and carpet-covered flooring is common, and we take steps as soon as possible to begin water extraction.

Safety Protocols and Job Set-Up

SERVPRO always makes sure to post signs warning of slip and fall risks and to shut down electricity during the first phases if shock is a possibility. We move out or elevate furnishings on blocks to avoid staining carpet for other flooring. We collect and pack up other items on the floor, such as files, area rugs, and more. Dyes and varnishes can transfer when wet, the damage much easier to prevent than to spot clean. If staining already occurred, we work on resolution when the carpeting is still wet.

Consider Removing the Pad

Wall to wall carpeting padding can be salvaged in some cases, but removing it speeds extraction and drying times. SERVPRO consults with your insurance company and keeps you in the loop as we determine whether to remove the pad. If we remove it, we disengage the carpet, pulling it back to extract water from the pad. Even when we are not trying to save the pad, removing water dramatically decreases the weight of the pad and limits resaturating the carpet with pad moisture. Our crew takes care not to fold carpeting at the seams or step on folded carpeting to minimize creases. The pad is cut up with a utility knife into two-foot squares and bagged for disposal. We keep a section to replicate it when we install new padding.

Aggressive Extraction and Balanced Drying

Extraction or squeegeeing of the subfloor then commences. The carpet is gently rolled back out, and SERVPRO then extracts the water from the carpet, taking care not to stretch or to tear the fabric. When drying, we might “float” the carpet, setting up air movers to deliver warm air both above and below the carpet. Close monitoring of the balance among air movement, temperature, and humidity during the drying phase ensures the capture of water vapor by commercial-grade dehumidifiers.

We are ready at SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville to manage clean water damage to the floor coverings at your office. Do not delay your call to (865) 862-8907.

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