Floods Follow Snow Damage in Montrose
SERVPRO Teams Take On Any Kind Of Water Damage Mother Nature Has To Offer
Although skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts near Montrose appreciate higher than normal snowpacks, accumulations of heavy snow can cause severe flooding in our area. During general spring melt and at any time that higher temperatures cause ice to loosen from edges and banks of waterways and streams like the Uncompahgre River, homes can suffer from flooding with slushy, snowy water at a very inconvenient time. Our technicians have strategies and equipment to help you get through the difficulties of cold weather flooding.
When an ice jam occurs in a waterway near your Montrose house, flood and snow damage combine to challenge even the professionals. As the ice piles up in the river, freezing water, pieces of ice, and slush spreads across the landscape, often pushing into your foundation. The grinding ice can cause a washout of your foundation, bringing silt, snow, and water along to flood your basement.
At the intersection of your gutter and downspout system with the eaves and roof edge of your home, SERVPRO looks for icicles. Formation of beautiful but dangerous knives of ice signals the backup of water from snow, ice, slush, and rain might be at risk of moving into your attic or upper living areas. Warm air from your house leaks up and out, melting the packed down precipitation along the roofline. Water seeps into your home, sometimes in large quantities. It moves down walls and into the main portion of your dwelling, collecting in cavities and getting carpeting and rugs wet. Because the flooding from the ice and snow is often hidden, significant damage can occur before you notice the loss.
Fast Water Removal
When the SERVPRO team arrives, we secure the structure, using boards and tarps if needed. Emergency services then proceed as our project managers assess the extent of the snow and flood damage. The solid shards of ice and any mud and silt dragged into your lower levels need removal with shovels and hoes. Because the dirt associated with and the ice itself can be contaminated, containment and appropriate disposal of the ice and silt as hazardous waste is required. Then we use pumps and extractors to rid the space of excess water.
Cleaning of the Attic Is a Speciality Situation
SERVPRO workers use portable extractors to reach the water in the upper levels of your home. Moisture that runs down the walls needs detection with probes and meters so we can outline the extent of the problem. We look for bulging walls and ceilings, carefully punching hold to release liquid. On the bottom floor, we pull off baseboards and drill holes to access the water.
Structural Drying Is the Key
As we wind up water removal, we strike a balance of air movement, temperature adjustments, and dehumidification to dry out the space, equalizing the moisture levels with moisture samples obtained from unaffected places in your home. SERVPRO’s highly qualified technicians and cutting edge equipment supports our goal of fast and thorough water mitigation and remediation.
Line up the team at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride if your home experiences winter or snowmelt flooding. Call us at (970) 240-6970 to schedule an assessment at your earliest convenience.
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