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What Happens to Personal Belongings After a Water Loss? | SERVPRO® of South Mecklenburg County

6/12/2023 (Permalink)

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Several factors determine whether your home's various belongings can be salvaged. Porosity plays a significant role in helping our team determine the potential of saving certain materials and how to address the cleanup and restoration plan. We often group things into several categories, which are:  

  • Porous Materials: These materials require immediate attention and have a higher permeance rating. Porous items and building materials absorb water fast and are prone to rapid deterioration. These items are the most often replaced after contact with water.
  • Semi-porous Materials: These are mid-level materials in terms of permeance. Bricks and OSB (Oriented Strand Board) boards that can take longer to pull moisture out of are all considered semi-porous materials.
  • Non-porous Materials: These items absorb little to no water. However, if left long enough for water to take hold, it can take a very long time to dry these items.
 Throughout your interior, multiple layers of porosity and permeance pose a challenge for drying. When faced with absorption differences, our skilled water damage technicians have the training and equipment to address them. We use various drying tools, including air movers, extractors and dehumidifiers, to remove moisture and lower humidity in your home.  If you have experienced a water loss in your Charlotte, NC, home, be sure to follow all CDC guidelines.

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