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Closed vs. Open Systems for Seattle Flooding Restoration

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

flood damage room with floating furniture. Flood and storm damage restoration is a specialty of ours. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for any size disaster.

How SERVPRO changes the strategy for Seattle flooding restoration under different conditions

As part of our strategy to dry out a flooded building as fast as possible, we have two different configurations: open and closed drying systems. Deciding between these systems requires precise measurements and learned expertise.

Most of our Seattle flooding restoration work gets done in a closed system. Under closed parameters, the doors and windows of your homestay closed, and the affected part of the building becomes sealed off for a time. In a small area, such as a bathroom flooded by burst pipes, SERVPRO technicians may hang plastic sheeting to create a “drying chamber.” Doing this helps us stop humidity and damage from spreading elsewhere in the home. Closed systems are commonly used in:

  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Isolated Water Removal Services
  • Flood damages that occur during colder and more humid parts of the year

When conditions are right, SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians may prefer to use an open system, meaning that we open the windows and doors of the home to facilitate air drying. When the outside air is warm and less humid than indoor conditions, the open system can help speed up our flood restoration services. However, we need to be careful when using this method since a sudden change in outdoor humidity could slow the drying process.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast uses the best tools and training to help local homeowners overcome flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (206) 362-9295.

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