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Flooding In Burlington Home

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

flooding after a storm Give our SERVPRO of Bristol team a call for more information about encapsulation and how it can help.

Crawlspace Encapsulation for Repeat Flooding in Burlington Homes

You might not realize the negative effect that your crawlspace can have on your Burlington home. Many property owners live in lower-lying areas, making flooding an unfortunate certainty for many of these houses, especially in the space beneath the structure. Crawlspaces promote the circulation of air throughout your home and provide access to utility hubs beneath the residence. In situations where flooding occurs, this exposure of your house could be damaging or even hazardous.

With the direct available access to the supports and subflooring of your house from the crawlspace, flood damage in Burlington properties can have a destructive effect. Some of your neighbors have undoubtedly insulated this underlying area of their structure to prevent circulating cold air from penetrating aging flooring materials. Without this circulation of air, the house is easier to heat and cool over the year. Encapsulating your crawlspace is another crucial step homeowners should consider when flooding can be a threat.

Excessive moisture and direct water exposure can lead to the rotting and deterioration of wood supports and framework. This same elevated moisture content can promote the growth of microbial threats on joists and flooring supports running the entire length of the crawlspace. Active mold colonization can spread quickly, which can even infiltrate the upper living space. Our SERVPRO team can work to remove the immediate flooding effects and design an encapsulation plan that can keep this space dry and free of fungal threats for the future.

Encapsulation is the application of thick 20mil plastic sheeting on all exposed surfaces, even the bare ground. Before this gets installed, the area is thoroughly dried with air movers and dehumidifiers, followed by a treatment of antimicrobial sporicides on all organic materials. This step inhibits any mold growth that might have developed in the immediate future. Every structural face gets covered, and in situations where flooding can still be a concern for structures, we install diversion equipment like permanent sump pumps with floats for as-needed water removal.

Flooding can be a destructive force, and it can also be a nuisance to those with crawlspaces in flood-prone areas. Give our SERVPRO of Bristol team a call for more information about encapsulation and how it can help. You can reach us 24/7 at (860) 582-3330.

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