Drying And Restoring A Wet Basement In Merrimack
Water Seepage and Intrusions Get Help from SERVPRO
Unless they have finished it out, most Merrimack homeowners do not spend much time in their basement except to wash clothes and put away the Christmas decorations. For most of the time, this benign neglect does not harm. After a storm or plumbing issue, however, it can lead to several costly problems.
A wet Merrimack basement can result in personal property loss, structural damage, and even mold. SERVPRO teams dry the basement as quickly as possible and stop water from becoming an issue again in the future to prevent this.
To start with, our technicians use pumps and extraction wands to remove standing water from the basement. Then, they lift and dry any carpets on the floor. If there are none, the team members set up air movers to blow warm, dry air over the surface of the floor to speed up the drying process. Once they begin, other members place a dehumidifier in the basement to draw water from the air and surrounding materials like drywall and personal property.
Now, one of our inspectors looks for where the water is leaking into the basement. If it is a minor leak, our specialists can repair it or even replace a connection. If the leak is a major issue, SERVPRO always recommends using a licensed plumber or contractor.
If the water is seeping in from the outside, it may be necessary to seal the basement. If the floor is unfinished dirt, we encapsulate it by first leveling the floor and then sealing it using polyethylene sheets to serve as a vapor barrier. Technicians push them into place and extend them up onto the walls, then seal the edges to the concrete using two-sided, foundation tape or polyurethane caulk.
If the basement has a concrete floor, our team uses the polyurethane caulk to seal any leaks or seeps and then cover the entire surface with hydraulic cement. They do the same for leaks and seeps discovered in the walls. These two sealants form an excellent bond against water getting into the basement again.
At SERVPRO of Merrimack, it is our goal to restore every wet basement to its original, dry condition. If you are dealing with this situation, or any other water problem in your home, call us today at (603) 262-9293. We are here for you.
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