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Does Your Matteson Home Have Water Damage in the Ceiling?

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

water damage on ceiling along water pipes Brown spots on ceilings indicate water damage. SERVPRO knows what it takes to locate the source of the leak and dry your home.

Removing Water from Ceiling Cavities in Matteson Homes 

Many of the homes found throughout the communities in Matteson are split-level or two-story residences. Running the utilities through these structures involves the creative placement of plumbing pipes between the ceiling and flooring. After years of wear and pressure fluctuations, joints and connectors can degrade and eventually malfunction. Even when this situation only begins as a small leak, persistent seepage can weigh down insulation, ceiling tile, and other construction materials.  

Water removal for Matteson homes always begins with a thorough assessment of the severity of the damage. For situations where we know the source of the water loss incident, our SERVPRO team can waste little time exposing the damaged portion of plumbing and working to repair these effects. We have a full division of qualified contractors that can work to meet the needs of the property, including replacing portions of damaged pipe and ultimately reinstalling new ceiling materials. Removing water from this cavity might not always be as straightforward as it seems, however.  

Using thermography and infrared imagery, our SERVPRO professionals can identify the concentration of moisture and water damage in the ceiling cavity. The first step to both access the damaged plumbing and to begin reducing the immediate water damage in the area is to remove saturated insulation. There are a few circumstances in which drying insulation is cost-effective compared to removal and replacement. We have specialized vacuums designed to remove these materials without overexposing our technicians. These vacuums also prevent aerosolizing fibers from the insulation.  

Any pooling water can drain out to the floor below once the cavity gets opened. Because of the porous material used for ceiling tiles, even limited exposure can cause irreparable damages that require replacement. We can carefully examine all of the nearby tiles for moisture damage that could lead to further degradation or collapse when the time comes for our licensed contractors to begin the build back of the removed materials.  

Removing water from these damaged areas often falls on the shoulders of our general contractors and some of the premier drying equipment in our inventory. Through direct heating practices and air movers, we can vaporize moisture trapped in ceiling cavities and make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood team a call today at (708) 747-9925.  

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