TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - As the flood waters that saturated the Wabash Valley the last couple weeks begin to go down, the workload for cleanup crews only continues to climb.
"We've been to houses with eight inches of water, fully damaged out. I mean, we've been booked solid," said Robby Lawrence, a water technician with ServPro, the national fire and water cleanup and restoration company.
News 10 was invited along on a job site Thursday at an apartment on South 7th Street in Terre Haute. A typical service call for flooding will cost approximately $1,500, according to Jenny Strole, director of marketing for the Terre Haute location. Some insurance companies will pay for the work, though many local storm victims do not have flood insurance.
ServPro's cleanup is executed in several phases: first comes the task of suctioning out the water, including vacuuming water-logged carpet; drying out the carpets with powerful fans is next; then, crew members bring in commercial dehumidifiers and air movers that will be left on-site approximately three to five days.
Techs like Lawrence will then return to the job site daily to take readings and monitor the moisture in the air and watch closely the potential for mold growth. Lawrence used electronic monitors to track the temperature and relative humidity inside the apartment the tenants were forced to vacate.
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