Water Extraction Service
Experiencing a flood in the home—besides turning the homeowner’s life upside down—brings with it additional issues like mold growth and rotting wood where water has settled, for instance in the subfloors of the home. Not only can water damage affect the stability and infrastructure of the home, it can pose serious health risks for mold spores developing if water remediation does not happen quickly.
To help in understanding what constitutes the water extraction process the information below summarizes the basic procedures of water damage remediation in a typical water damage situation.
Standing Water Removal
Before water remediation begins, extraction specialists will ascertain, in leakage situations, the culpable water source has been repaired. If it has been taken of, the process starts with the use of instruments such as infrared cameras and moisture detectors that will, in the first instance, find moisture within walls and ceilings; and in the second, gauge saturation levels so as to discover how much damage has occurred.
To extract standing water and avoid further damage including mildew and mold proliferation, professionals use two tools of the trade:
- An industrial-strength water extractor
- A water claw
The water extractor is capable of suctioning up massive amounts of water in a short space of time; and the water claw is designed to make quick work of accessing out-of-the-way, small, or narrow places, and is specifically made for carpets, pads, and flooring.
Damaged Items Removal
Ruined items, such as furniture, are put aside for the insurance adjuster’s assessment, then returned to a protected area, or situated on raised structures. Two benefits of this step are flooring will dry out quicker and furniture will not suffer more damage. It may also be necessary to take up affected carpeting and padding so the subfloor can dry out.
Monitoring and Drying-Out Process
Water extraction professionals use speed dryers to withdraw moisture from the subflooring and other infrastructure. Speed dryers work by circulating the air. Dehumidifiers extract air moisture and regulate the moisture content. To maximize the evaporation rate desiccants are added.
Water remediation is not complete until all visible and invisible signs of moisture are eliminated. Monitoring instruments help determine when the drying process has ended. Monitoring the drying-out period is crucial, because if not conscientiously done, swelling and warping walls will create the conditions for mold to grow.
Deodorize and Sanitize
Water damage can produce in no time odors in spaces and on surfaces. For ridding water damage odors, foggers are used that release a faint mist to invade odors and eliminate them before they reach hard surfaces, carpets, and inaccessible areas.
The sanitizing process is performed using several water removal methods. This step is performed to make certain the home has been completely sanitized and dried out.
Two standard methods of sanitizing used are:
- Hot water cleaning
- Dry washing
Dry washing focuses on removing carpet stains and can be used to either spot-clean or dry-wash larger sections. Dry washing agents used are foam, shampoo, and bonnet.
Water extraction workers’ task is to not only remove water, but to completely restore the home or business space to a condition where no signs of water damage or odors once made the space uninhabitable.