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The Demolition Necessary after Flood Damage in Allston Homes

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

two people standing in rain boots in a flooded room with waterlogged carpet on the floor If flood damage occurs in your home, you need to bring in the professionals. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional advice and remediation services.

SERVPRO Controls Flood Restoration Demolition in Allston

With the widespread damage that flooding unleashes in Allston homes, you may have no choice but to demolish your home to pave the way for full restoration. Demolition does not necessarily mean taking a wrecking ball and flattening the structure. In most flood damage cases, demolition is a surgical process that removes only the unsalvageable materials and leaves the structure standing.

Depending on the level of flood damage experienced in Allston properties, demolition can be limited or a “full gut.” Substantial evaluation is necessary to determine the required type of action. Otherwise, you might leave some damaged materials or waste money tearing down salvageable ones. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs can evaluate your property and rely on their skills or special equipment to determine what goes and what should stay.

Critical considerations for demolition

  • Moisture absorption level
  • Physical deterioration extent
  • Contamination

Demolition skills

Whatever the reason for demolition, including facilitating material disposal, the right skills are necessary when doing it to achieve positive outcomes. Appropriate skills can be the ability to remove materials without damaging the surroundings or utilities. It can also mean creating manageable debris. These might sound like simple goals, but in a flooded property, slick floors, weak ceilings that can collapse anytime, and other challenges make it harder to carry out simple tasks. Our SERVPRO teams are well prepared with PPE such as rubber boots, heavy-duty gloves, and hard hats for safety when handling materials. We also have other useful resources like large trash cans for holding the debris removed from the structure.

Typical controlled demolition tasks 

  • Disassembling countertops
  • Making wall flood cuts
  • Drilling ceiling weep-holes

Controlled demolition is a planned process that starts with removing materials attached to walls such as cabinets before removing wall panels. In the next stage, we remove ceiling fixtures and then the boards. Any demolition involving the floor is done last.

SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline takes the necessary action to address flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (617) 903-5055.

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