Updated: Dec 18, 2019
There is many ways that water can find its way into areas of your home or business that it was never intended to be. Some examples include flooding, hurricanes, plumbing leaks, faulty appliances, roof leaks, and even sewage backups. Coming home to a floor full of standing water can be extremely traumatizing and it is very easy to get caught up in the moment which could potentially put yourself in a dangerous situation. First and foremost it is very important to assess the situation and make sure it is safe to enter the area before attempting to clean up the water. In instances where the intruding water could be harmful to your health such as sewage backups, it is strongly encouraged to stay out of the affected area. If the area is safe to enter than water extraction is a very critical procedure to prevent damage from spreading beyond the areas already affected. Below is a list of steps and what to expect along the way.
1. Call a Water Restoration Company:
Whenever standing water is present, water damage can spread to surrounding areas at a very rapid pace. Contact a local water restoration expert as soon as possible so that they can begin water extraction.
2. Steps that can be taken before the Water Restoration Company Arrives:
After a water restoration company has been contacted, the home or business owner can help mitigate some of the damage in instances where smaller quantity of water are present. A mop, towel, wet/dry vac can all be used to remove water which can help prevent water from spreading beyond the affected areas. Although these methods do remove some water, they will not remove as much water as a professional water restoration technician equipped with a commercial grade water extractor so it is critical to contact a professional. It is also important to use caution and only enter the affected areas if safe.
3. Arrival of Water Restoration Company:
Once on site the company will begin water extraction. A water technician will use a water extractor to remove as much water as possible. In short an extractor is a extremely heavy duty vacuum which is designed specifically to suck up water. They come in truck mounted variety as well as portable versions that both work very effectively. Tools such as water claws or weighted extraction attachments greatly improve their efficiency as well. A good thorough extraction will greatly reduce the quantity of water present in the structure which will help speed up the drying process that will still be needed in order to correctly restore the property and prevent any bacteria or mold growth.
4. Drying Equipment Setup:
As soon as the technician is satisfied with the water extraction a drying strategy will be created and implemented based on the affected areas. Moisture meters will be used to be able to determine these areas. If demolition is needed containment will be created to keep all dust, contaminants and debris in only the affected ares rather than spreading it to other parts of the home or business. At the conclusion of the demolition, specialized drying equipment will be set up to dry the structure. A typical setup will usually include dehumidifiers to reduce the relative humidity, air movers to evaporate moisture out of the building materials, and air scrubbers to remove any air borne contaminants. This equipment will be used until the structure has been verified as dry by moisture meters.