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‘I’ve Got A Water Leak In My Kitchen. Do I Really Need A Restoration Company?’

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

You found a water leak in your Clemmons kitchen, and you’re wondering if you should call a restoration company or do-it-yourself? How do you decide? The quick answer: it depends.

There are a lot of factors to consider before you decide to call a restoration company like SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville or do it yourself. Some of the things to consider are:

  • How far has the water migrated? Water follows the path of least resistance, meaning it travels from we to dry. So, the “small leak” could have migrated to half your kitchen, under cabinets, in drywall, and subfloors. It can be trapped for weeks causing structural damage and mold if not properly dried.
  • Do you have the equipment to dry it and confirm it is dried? When a restoration company comes into your home to begin the drying process, they will have a lot of specialized equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and hygrometers. These items can be quite expensive to buy outright for a one-time water loss. Plus, if you don’t know how to use the equipment properly, you’ve wasted thousands of dollars and still have water damage. 

What Needs to be Done During a Water Loss?

  • Remove standing water
  • Open cabinet and pantry doors
  • Remove furniture from the affected area
  • Set up air movers and dehumidifiers to begin the drying process
  • Flood cut drywall or drill air holes to allow air to circulate behind walls/cabinets
  • Disinfect and clean affected surfaces to prevent mold 

If this sounds a bit overwhelming, call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville. Our team of highly trained technicians is available 24/7/365 for emergency water mitigation. We even offer no-cost assessments if you are unsure you have a leak and work closely with hundreds of insurance carriers to help prevent you from filing unnecessary claims. To learn more, give us a call today at (336) 224-2565.

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