Controlled Floor Demolition for Water Damage Repair in St. Petersburg
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Water intrusion incidents can affect any section of your facility. However, the floor where all the water, debris, and other materials accumulate is significantly impacted. You might face two challenges when dealing with the floor – removing soiling and drying the accumulated moisture. Sometimes the only way to facilitate water damage repair is to do some demolition.
When done properly during water damage repair in St. Petersburg properties, demolition helps remove unsalvageable materials and accelerate drying. It requires the right skill sets and tools to ensure the process goes according to plan, helping facilitate restoration. SERVPRO can assist with regular or specialized demolition tasks.
Typical Activities during Floor Demolition
- Carpet and pad removal
- Baseboard removal
- Wall ventilation
- Post-demolition cleaning
Demolition usually removes contaminated porous materials such as moldy carpets. However, with the floor area, other factors might necessitate the process. Removing any floor covering is among the things you need to do. In most cases, that means removing the carpet and pad. If the water is clean, the carpet is salvageable, so extra care is essential to avoid damaging it during removal. Our SERVPRO technicians use carpet awls and knee kickers to detach it. We cut minimal carpet seams when removing the pad and avoid excessive folding, which can delaminate or stretch the carpet. Pad is rarely salvageable, but that does not mean haphazard removal. Our technicians use utility knives to cut it into 2-by-2 feet pieces for easier handling.
Addressing Wall Water Affecting the Floors
Water can accumulate within wall cavities if the breach point is elevated. No matter how well you dry the floor, such water keeps causing problems. Removing the baseboard and ventilating the wall cavities resolves the issue. First, our technicians determine whether the wall is insulated since it determines the level of ventilation needed. Then we use a pry bar to remove the vinyl baseboard. Drilling holes through the wall releases the water.
Precautions When Drilling Vent Holes
- Drill only one side of the wall
- Drill between the wall studs
- Keep the hole below the baseboard line
- Cleanup up the area after demolition
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg handles all tasks professionally, including demolition during water damage repair. Call (727) 522-0000. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.