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Six Simple Steps to Rescue Your Electronics from Flood Damage in Oakville

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Rainwater from a Storm Can Damage Your Property in Oakville

SERVPRO Can Provide Options to Restoring Electronic and Delicate Personal Possessions

Few homeowners get a warning before their properties are hit by flooding, particularly if the crisis is entirely domestic (faulty appliances, burst pipes, backed up drains, etc.) This makes it tough to know how and when to protect furniture and possessions.

Ultimately, there is no way to defend against flooding fully. So, the best defense is a good offense; knowing where to find the best possible repair services for flood damage in Oakville. At SERVPRO, our restoration techniques are so sophisticated that we can even rescue electronic equipment like laptops and stereos. There are numerous factors concerning the preceding statement.

This guide to our six step restoration process will explain how we bring water damaged electronics back to life.

1. Inspect the Area
The first step for the SERVPRO team is always inspecting the damage. Our technicians assess the extent of the flooding and safely deactivate electrical hazards.

2. Protect the Electronics
Smaller items which can be carried outside (laptops, televisions, microwaves, etc.) will usually be removed from the house. Larger items (like fridges) may need to stay in place, but they’ll be covered with plastic sheeting to prevent further water intrusion if required.

3. Drain Standing Water
Pumps are used to capture standing water and, if the affected area is still very wet, dehumidifiers will be set up. The aim is to eliminate as much moisture as possible before moving or treating the damaged electronics.

4. Consult a Specialist
It may be necessary for the SERVPRO team to consult with an external electronics specialist. Usually, this is done to ensure that larger items can be moved without causing further damage. For instance, if a flat screen tv or computer has been positioned in a wet room, movements could dislodge water droplets and degrade components which were unharmed at first.

5. Keep the Humidity Low
For the SERVPRO team, the goal is to maintain the humidity as low as possible (around 25%). This will prevent water molecules from forming in the air and infiltrating electronic devices. We can control initial humidity fluctuations with the use of high-powered dehumidifiers and air movers.

6. Arrange for Offsite Cleaning
In some cases, electronic items will need to be sent to offsite drying and cleaning facilities. This offers the best possible chance of restoration. We will, of course, keep a full inventory of all items and nothing will be removed without your consent. It is important to understand that, often, electronics are far easier to replace than they are to dry professionally. We may advise you to do this unless the item is especially valuable.

At SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville, we are committed to helping homeowners recover from flooding. We can help restore damaged possessions, documents, and furniture. Call us 24/7 on (314) 846-0600 for emergency repairs.

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