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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Thunderstorms Cause Unexpected Flooding

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms cause local floods

Scattered summer thunderstorms blew through Bedford and Lexington over the weekend.

Many neighboring towns saw only sunshine, but in those areas that experienced the storms, the rainfall was intense and overwhelming.

Office Building Floods

An office building in Burlington, Mass. experienced an unexpected flood as a result of torrential rains on Saturday.

The building owner said he watched the water quickly rise several inches above the ground level door jamb and start pouring into the building. The water flowed behind the walls and soaked an office carpet.

Drainage Issues

Water has not flowed in through this door in past storms, so the building owner suspects that a clogged underground drainpipe leading to a catch basin backed up.

He plans to repair the drainage to prevent future floods, but this goes to show flooding can happen anywhere, even on lots with preventive systems in place.

Importance of Drying

The owner thought he contained the problem by mopping up behind the flood, but several days later his tenant complained of a musty smell in the office.

Drying out porous materials like carpet and drywall is key to preventing microbial growth, so we are sending a crew to apply a botanical anti-microbial solution and set up fans and a dehumidifier to completely dry the area.

Emergency Ready Plan

In addition, our marketing team is working with the building owner to create an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to expedite his disaster response if something should go wrong in the future.

Call the Professionals

When thunderstorms strike in our area, SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford and of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland is available around the clock to respond to your flood emergency.

Our professional water damage restoration crews will get your building dry the first time and discourage further damage from mold and other microbes.

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