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Why We Use High-Tech Instruments to Locate and Test Areas with Water Damage in a Kalispell Residence

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage in Kalispell Residences

Because water can hide within structural elements in your Kalispell property, SERVPRO technicians learn through our in-house training to rely on specialized equipment instead of only their eyes. While visible signs do reveal deteriorating areas, water's ability to hide does not reduce the amount of damage that can occur in hidden or difficult to access spots.

The data needed when inspecting a home is why SERVPRO's specialists use these highly accurate devices to obtain more information about water damage affecting the Kalispell property. If we did not have such instruments to detect hidden moisture, we might miss water damage, letting it worsen. Extensive damage can develop into situations involving weight-bearing structures and cause problems with your home's foundation. A slow leak can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a home before anyone discovers it through visible signs.

Our SERVPRO equipment includes cameras that show where materials in a home contain moisture that should not exist. The red, green, blue, and yellow colors on an infrared camera depict the variations in the surface temperature of walls, ceilings, and other structures. Cooler temperatures indicate excessive moisture.

Because our cameras show these differences in real-time, we can use the camera to trace moisture to its source. When we find that the source comes from a dripping water line, tightening a hose or applying more tape to the threaded end often suffice. More extensive problems, like cracks in the foundation or gaps in between the roof's shingles, require the additional help of a qualified contractor.

We partner with several in the area, so we can help save our customers additional money and time while also ensuring that the repairs meet code requirements. Mitigating water damage with an ongoing leak only wastes our customers' money, which is something we want to avoid.

Making sure our air movers and other drying equipment succeed, we also use moisture meters. These small devices can detect the amount of moisture in at-risk structures. Because the percentage should decrease at a predictable rate, we keep records of these amounts, beginning with an initial baseline number. We compare the acceptable amount of similar materials to industry-accepted standards, helping us determine the amount of drying time and number of machines to do the job adequately.

SERVPRO of Flathead County is always ready to help homeowners in Whitefish, Marion, and Hungry Horse in locating and mitigating water damage. Call us at (406) 300-0435 for assistance that effectively protects your property.

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