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THE DRY-OUT

All of Eastern North Carolina including Jacksonville, New Bern, Richlands, Hampstead, Swansboro, Morehead City, Kinston, Sneads Ferry, Cape Carteret, Wilmington, Greenville, Havelock are no strangers to water damage in one way or another. Water damage can leave you in a position where you’re not sure how to act. Not only is your home or property potentially impacted by the water itself, but there may be a variety of other issues present, not to mention potential health hazards as well. An important step you need to take before you begin the repair and reconstruction process is making sure that the structure is adequately dried out. While a flood or burst pipe can cause damage in seconds, the drying process is a lot more drawn out.


First, check for standing water, ensuring nothing poses electrical shock risk, and finding the source of the flooding/water. This standing water could pose a potential health hazard, and it won’t be safe for you or any restoration professionals to work in until it’s gone. While performing the initial analysis, we check the structural integrity in applicable situations. Next, we spray a mold inhibiting treatment and run dehumidifiers to minimize the chance of mold.


For the actual process of drying, it’s important to be thorough, as there are many things beyond what you may see at first that can potentially retain water. A good case example of this is the attic. Insulation can easily get soaked and lose its effectiveness. Wet boxes or storage can lead to potential cracks in the ceiling below.


Air movers are then set up to circulate airflow throughout the room. In addition, the same dehumidifiers used to keep mold from growing after the initial cleanup will serve a similar purpose during the dry out stage. In addition, keeping the environment dry minimizes the chance of swelled or warped floors and furniture.


The thing that tends to drag out the dry out process the most, though, is taking the time to look at every portion of the affected area for moisture. We already mentioned insulation, but molding, backboards, and wallpaper are all going to need to be removed in order to get rid of trapped moisture. Wallpaper may be a bit of a surprise here, but the reason for this is that it creates a “Vacuum seal” that holds moisture in the wall.


The soggy, wet area is sealed/ tapped off to contain the area. Moisture readings will be done continuously to see how well the drying is progressing. Once completely dry, we can start putting the area back together the way it was but better or give it a whole new look. Depending on insurance situations.


There are a lot of different working parts to a dry out, and doing so properly is essential to making sure that your home isn’t permanently impacted. we use the best cleaning and restoration tactics to help your property recover after severe damage, whether it’s due to a plumbing failure or weather issues. We will even make the space look better than it did previously. If you have a leak or water damage don’t leave it up to just anyone. Make sure that you have professional help and support, and that means working with JMS Renovations LLC.