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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Water Removal Michigan City – SERVPRO of La Porte County

Dealing with water damage is difficult, but when you add the effects of extreme weather such as winter, the job becomes even more difficult because it can affect the performance or even damage equipment used in water removal. For example, a truck-mounted water extractor reliably removes thousands of gallons of water per day from flooded properties helping forestall the deterioration likely to occur when standing water stays in place for too long. However, this can come to a halt in freezing temperatures. Jacob Blockbland from SERVPRO of La Porte County explains how SERVPRO crews protect such equipment during winter.

Extreme cold poses a threat to equipment because liquid water increase in volume by over 9%, so it can easily damage internal components of a machine such as the truck-mounted water extractor. "We insulate this van while we are running the truck-mount on a job, especially when it's below freezing point," Jacob says as he explains the first step in our strategy of protecting the water extractors. The idea is to maintain a constant temperature around the unit. Since water extractors also help in restorative cleaning, there is a need to have an operation unit in all instances of water removal.

Insulating our SERVPRO service trucks helps trap us much heat inside the vehicle as possible. "We keep the door closed as much as possible," Jacob says as he emphasizes the need to preserve heat. Only a small opening is left for the hoses running from the machine to the extraction area. Insulation alone cannot sustain heat, so the truck has a heating unit close to the front, which helps replenish any heat lost over time. "We have the heat running, and this insulation can as well help keep the heat trapped, so nothing freezes in here," Jacob concludes.

In case of water damage, call SERVPRO of La Porte County to assist you because we always have technicians ready to assist 24/7. You can reach us at (219) 879-1883.