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Drying Cabinetry Out In Your Chicago Assisted Living Home After Flooding

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

wood cabinets with a drawer open Drying time is affected by the construction of the cabinets.

Drying Water Damaged Cabinetry

Disaster can occur anyplace, anytime. Temperature changes can cause the water pipes to break or the fire-sprinkler line to leak in your assisted living home in Chicago. When this happens, you can experience significant flooding inside your property, even if the water only runs for a few minutes. You need expert help to get the place up and running as usual again, and to keep it safe for all your staff and residents.

You need someone who acts fast to come to the rescue after you experience commercial water damage in your Chicago property. SERVPRO are the ones to contact, as we are trained, experienced, and do not hesitate in getting to you in your time of need. Plus, you can even call us in the middle of the night if that is when the disaster strikes.

Depending on where the water damage is, you could be facing several affected surfaces, including cabinetry. Drying walls and floors behind or under cabinetry can be tricky. It can take more time because of the multiple layers of drywall and cabinet back.

Drying time is affected by the construction of the cabinets. If it does not have a back, SERVPRO techs can drill holes in the wall to let air circulate in the wall cavity. Once the all is dry, we patch or cover the holes. If there is a back on the cabinet, drying times are extended from the multiple layers which need drying. In these cases, holes can be drilled as well, and we then patch with a material that is similar to the cabinet back. We follow all regulations and laws and go over everything with you as the owner before doing anything.

If the walls were exposed to moisture for an extended amount of time, it is possible that the sheetrock is loosening. In this case, we consider drilling holes in the top of the wall, which allows for higher airflow in the cavity of the wall. If it is an exterior wall, fiberglass insulation could also be saved with this technique.

We can remove the toe kick, or under part of the cabinet as well to give more airflow under the cabinet. We treat the area with an appropriate biocide and use a vent system to force dry air into the cavity. Once drying is complete, we replace the base.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City can help you in your time of need so you can have a safe environment again in your business. Contact us right away at (773) 337-3900 to prevent more damage in your commercial building in the areas of Mount Greenwood, Chicago, or Evergreen Park.

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