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Restoring Knoxville Kitchen Cabinets After Water Loss Incidents
Many water loss incidents occur in the kitchens of Knoxville homes. Not only does this room serve as a destination for plumbing moving through the walls of the structure, but there are also water-fed appliances and fixtures in this area that could fail. In nearly every scenario, the base cabinets and even hanging cabinets can become exposed to this migrating water. Drying out these structural elements is not always simple and straightforward, however.
In many situations, our SERVPRO professionals must determine if the water damage in Knoxville homes has exceeded the threshold of what is salvageable before attempting to dry and restore damaged items like the cabinets. Salvageability hinges on several factors, including the type of material involved, the finish on the cabinets, the length of exposure, and present aesthetic concerns. The more knowledgeable we are about the damaged cabinets, the more we can maximize our drying efforts with the right equipment.
If cabinets are solid wood, it is often cost-effective to determine the possibility of drying out these structural elements instead of removing and replacing them. A non-penetrating moisture meter can give our SERVPRO team an idea about the presence of moisture trapped inside of the material. Even when water exists, it is not impossible to dry out these damaged areas.
Laminated and engineered woods can quickly show physical signs of water exposure. Once swelling or delamination begins, it is impossible to restore installed cabinets. The only remaining solution is to remove these compromised elements and reinstall new units in their place. Centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers working together can eliminate surface and free moisture within the material if no physical water damage is present.
Our professionals always have a mentality to restore before replacement, but that is only when it is most cost-effective to do this. We can determine the damage to fixtures like cabinetry and work to preserve these elements when possible. Our SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville team can help whenever water loss incidents occur by calling (865) 862-8907.
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