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How Hiring Experts for Storm Damage Cleanup in Chatham, NJ, Can Prove to be the Right Decision

August 7th, 2017 · No Comments

Storms in Chatham, NJ, or elsewhere across Northern New Jersey can easily damage your home and belongings, whether it be from high winds, blowing debris, or flooding. If your home suffers storm damage, your first call should be to ServiceMaster Metropolitan for professional storm damage cleanup. We’ll ensure your home is restored to its pre-loss condition.

If your home experienced excess moisture from a storm and that moisture wasn’t properly removed, you may find the ceramic tiles in your home become tented, meaning they buckle and lift up from the floor.

Tented Tiles

Experienced storm damage cleanup professionals are well aware of this phenomenon. As such they can properly handle the situation when it’s noticed at your home.

The Problem

In rare situations, ceramic tile floor installed on top of a concrete slab can buckle up. The situation is very similar to the buckling of hardwood flooring that swells and heaves up due to extended exposure to water.

Reasons for This Problem

Tenting occurs due to the following:

  • Ceramic tile absorbs water during flooding and consequently expands in size
  • After the drying of your home is completed by storm damage cleanup experts, ceramic tiles will also become dry, but they will stay in their expanded state and not shrink back to their previous size
  • Similarly, concrete slabs also expand at the time your house gets flooded during a storm, however, as they dry, they shrink back to their original size

Simply put, both the concrete slab and the ceramic tiles will expand during flooding, but when the drying process is completed by disaster restoration professionals, the concrete slab will return to original size, but the ceramic tiles will remain in their expanded state.

This situation will result in a considerable amount of stress over the ceramic tiles and make them become tented as well as crack and break.

How This Knowledge is Useful for Homeowners

By being aware that ceramic tiles can become tented weeks or months after the cleanup task is completed, storm damage cleanup professionals can make the insurance adjuster aware of this phenomenon and the likelihood the ceramic tiles will fail.  This helps to protect the homeowner and ensure they will be covered if and when the ceramic tiles begin to fail.

The above details clearly highlight the importance of hiring experts for storm damage cleanup. They are fully aware of potential situations that can arise at your home in Chatham, NJ, or anywhere across Northern New Jersey during and after storm damage cleanup.

ServiceMaster Metropolitan has training, certification, and many years of experience in storm damage cleanup. If you home has been damaged by a storm and requires storm damage cleanup, you can rely on us to perform the task in the right manner. All you have to do is contact us at (855) 560-7999, and you can rest assured your home will be cleaned and restored quickly, thoroughly, and efficiently.

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