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Water-Damaged Cabinets in Your Slidell Kitchen

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water leak Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Undetected Leaks Can Result in Unexpected Water Loss in Your Slidell Home

Long-running drips can go unnoticed for weeks or longer in your Slidell kitchen. While you might not find that the affected area is a devastating amount, the impact that this could have on your cabinetry in the kitchen might be irreparable. Restoration is often complicated for common cabinet materials like particleboard, as these exposed surfaces can swell and distort.

Particleboard Cabinets 

Particleboard cabinets are a traditional choice in affordable shelving for kitchens but can experience the worst of water damage in Slidell homes. As our SERVPRO team often operates on a restore before replacement mentality, we do still thoroughly inspect affected units to ensure that we cannot utilize evaporative drying techniques and restore the structural element where it is installed. This drying is only feasible when the cabinets show no sign of warping or distortion in the areas that have gotten exposed to water migration. Any swelling or disfiguration indicates structural compromise, and so our in-house contractors must use controlled demolition strategies to remove the saturated shelving.

Hardwood Cabinets 

Unlike particleboard, which is often cheaper to remove and reinstall than to dry, hardwood cabinets are often the opposite. It is critical to attempt to dry these units whenever possible to limit the costs of replacement pieces. Because these cabinets often have a lower permeance level, it takes longer for saturation to occur. When water does penetrate the finished surface, there is often still time to evaporate the moisture with centrifugal air movers pointed directly at the affected point.

Drying Other Affected Materials

Because leaking fixtures can go unnoticed for some time, drywall and even wood flooring can be structurally compromised or entirely deteriorated. Assessments of the damage can determine whether drying is feasible or if more controlled demolition and later build back is necessary to restore these effects.

With a team of in-house contractors, our SERVPRO of Slidell professionals can meet the demands of saturated materials with effective drying solutions or reconstruction. No matter what your kitchen needs after prolonged water damage, we can make it, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (985) 649-1516.

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