Tips for Emergency Water Extraction
After a flood hits your home or business it is imperative that the water be removed as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Having a professional assist with the water extraction process can ensure that this is done effectively.
Time is Critical to Remove Water
A water damage restoration team can quickly evaluate the flooded area, planning a course of action to remove the water and salvage as many belongings as possible. This process requires removing items from the flooded area including furniture and area rugs. Wall-to-wall carpeting may also need to be taken up, depending on the extent of the flood damage. Heavy-duty equipment is used to pump out all of the standing water.
After all standing water has been removed through industrial pumps, the focus will shift to the floors, walls and ceiling. Drywall in particular is made out of a porous material and can act as a sponge, soaking up any moisture in the area. Even if these areas look and feel dry to the touch, there may be water that has been absorbed. Restoration experts are equipped with tools that give a moisture reading for these hidden areas.
To fully remove this underlying moisture, flood extraction teams will utilize high-volume fans and industrial dehumidifiers to dry out those areas that are still showing high moisture levels. Once all of the moisture has been removed, the area can be sanitized to eliminate any bacteria that may have been carried in the water. This process will also help to inhibit mold growth.
Ventilation of the Area is Necessary
It is absolutely essential that even after the standing water has been removed that the area receives proper ventilation and air flow. This will prevent any underlying moisture from developing into mold problems down the road. Opening windows and doors and setting up fans to circulate the air and dry out the area will help to prevent these problems. Dehumidifiers can also help to get the air moving and remove any excessive moisture that may still be lingering.
Hiring a professional restoration team like Soil-Away is the best way to ensure that the water is fully extracted after a flood in your home or business. Equipped with industrial equipment, restoration teams are experienced at working quickly to remove all moisture after a flood.
The restoration professionals at Soil-Away have the equipment and the know-how to deal with any water extraction scenario. Contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.
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