Stopping and Preventing Flood Damage in South Orlando
Surrounding South Orlando residents can suffer through flooding even when a recent storm might not be as powerful as several from last year. Such a large body of water can cause problems that homeowners in other parts of the state do not deal with regularly.
In this situation, flood damage to South Orlando homes can include water intrusion through the foundation. SERVPRO Restoration understands that even a small crack or seep can lead to significant damage if not repaired quickly. If the homeowner suspects a problem or finds a crack in the outside foundation wall, one of our inspectors performs a complete check. That may include digging down around the foundation until an exterior crack is exposed and examining where it meets the concrete pad. Under extreme water penetrations or structural damage, a general contractor should be called in for fortification as required. We can then carry on with water removal and water damage mitigation. Hydraulic concrete can be applied to the fissures in an attempt to inhibit water penetration. Next, SERVPRO technicians seal the foundation walls with a liquid rubber compound. If applied correctly, this compound prevents water from entering the foundation. The seal remains intact unless something happens to shift the home off the foundation.
As team members complete the liquid rubber application, others enter the crawlspace under the home to look for puddles or other signs of water intrusion. The stormwater must be removed, and dehumidification methods employed to remove excess moisture. We suggest encapsulation of the crawlspace area for future mitigation of storm damage. If they find any cracks or seeps, they use the same hydraulic and masonry cement to seal and protect the interior walls. Applying the liquid rubber is not necessary for the crawlspace.
Our specialists still use preventive actions to protect the home if our inspector found no cracks or seeps on the exterior walls. They examine the gutters and drains to ensure rainwater runs away from home, not down along the foundation. Repair length varies from a few hours to much longer, depending on the damage and restoration needed. This may involve securing the drains or gutters to the walls and eaves.
Protecting your home from floods and storms is our goal at SERVPRO of South Orlando. If you have a flooding issue or want to prepare your home for the next storm, call us at (407) 985-3200 today. We are here for you.