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Ceiling and Wall Assemblies Water Restoration in New Providence Homes

3/24/2024 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® Tackles Water Damage in New Providence Homes

New Providence, situated in the northwestern corner of Union County, New Jersey, is a borough along the Passaic River. The Passaic River County Park offers scenic trails for hiking and biking, while New Providence Veterans Memorial Park provides a tranquil setting for picnics and outdoor recreation. One notable landmark is The SaltBox Museum, an 18th-century farmhouse situated on Springfield Avenue. The movie Win Win, released in 2011, took place at New Providence High School and was written by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni, alums of the school.

Water restoration for New Providence homeowners entails addressing the primary consequence of water infiltration, for example, ceiling and wall assemblies, where structural deterioration may ensue. These assemblies typically have insulation and electrical elements. Identifying the extent of water damage is crucial for effective restoration. Finished ceiling and wall materials, as they can conceal underlying issues that may exacerbate the situation if left unaddressed. SERVPRO crews conduct thorough inspections to identify materials within the ceiling and wall assembly that may be affected.

Materials that can make up a ceiling or wall assembly

  • Wooden framing
  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper
  • Plaster

Exposure to water can result in these materials weakening, warping, or collapsing, thereby jeopardizing the structure's overall integrity. Continued water intrusion can ultimately lead to wood decay, metal parts corroding, and insulation degradation. 

Restoration Solutions for Ceiling and Wall Assemblies

Drywall comprises gypsum material covered with paper on its front face, back, and long edges. It comes in various thicknesses, including ¼", ½," and ?," with ½" being the standard for residential purposes. Drywall may also possess specific qualities like water-resistant or mold-resistant variants, designed for use in areas prone to moisture, such as showers or tub surrounds.

SERVPRO crews utilize a non-invasive moisture meter to identify the wet areas within the drywall. However, since multiple layers of materials like insulation and framing could also be affected, a penetrating moisture meter becomes essential for accurately measuring the moisture content within the drywall. These penetrating meters prove especially valuable when our restorers suspect the non-invasive meter may provide inaccurate readings due to the presence of metal components concealed behind the drywall.

Procedure for drying the assemblies

  • Removing the baseboard
  • Drilling holes between the wall studs
  • Setting up the cavity drying equipment

SERVPRO of Western Union County ensures thorough water restoration of ceiling and wall assemblies. Call us at (908) 791-9177. Faster to any size disaster™.

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