When you realize that you’re dealing with a burst pipe or worse, you immediately wonder how you’ll clean it all up. You should act immediately; the longer you leave it, the worse it will become.
The water extraction process makes use of specialized tools and expertise to remove standing water from all areas of the building. These can be areas you can see, as well as areas that are not visible, such as crawl spaces. Let’s take a closer look at what’s entailed.
Why Would I Need Water Extraction?
Sometimes there can be flooding to buildings in low-lying areas. Other times a burst pipe or sewer line can be the cause of flooding in a building. When water gets into areas where it should not be, it can cause some serious damage.
Types Of Damage Caused By Standing Water
- Structural damage to building frames
- Damage to electrical wiring
- Disintegration and rotting of drywalls and insulation
- Carpet and other flooring damage
- Roof and ceiling damage (multi-storied buildings)
Steps To Take In The Water Extraction Process
There are a few steps you can take on your own before calling a professional maintenance company to take care of the rest:
1. Stop The Source Of Leaking Water
First, ensure that the water source causing the flooding has been stopped. The fastest and most fail-safe way to do this is to turn off the water mains. In some cases, it might just be a leaking faucet.
2. Contact Your Insurers
Most homeowners insurance provides coverage for flooding and water damage. They may also cover the restoration after the water extraction process is complete. Make sure that you’re covered, and don’t forget to take lots of photos. Photographic evidence will provide a record of areas and belongings that were damaged.
3. Get The Water Drained Out A.S.A.P.
If possible, you should try to get whatever water you can out of the affected areas. You may not be able to remove all of it, but you can clear a path to begin the drainage process. Try to find a drainage area to divert the water. If you can’t do that, any mop or towel will do to remove as much water as you can.
4. Call A Water Extraction Professional
A local company with water extraction process experience will do the rest. Specialized pumps and water extraction machines are necessary to get the building to a state where restoration can begin. All drywalls, timber frames, and carpeting need to be fully dry. In cases of extreme flooding, there are submersible pumps. These will pump the water out from the bottom of the flooded area. Industrial strength vacuums are also used to extract as much water as possible.
5. Remove Damaged Items
Often, items being removed from the area encourage better airflow for the drying process. All furniture that has been affected should be removed and set aside to allow the insurance assessors to examine it. Some carpeting, drywalls, and even floorboards may need to be removed for restoration.
6. Dry Out And Deodorize
Once the standing water has been extracted, the drying process begins. Dehumidifiers and industrial fans ensure that most of the moisture is removed. Once the area is sufficiently dry, the deodorizing foggers can do their work. The drying out process is essential to prevent mold and mildew.
Water Extraction In Broward, Miami-Dade, And Palm Beach Counties
Restoration Maintenance is a reputable water restoration service in South Florida. We understand the water extraction process inside out. If you are looking for a free quote, give us a call at 954-281-2155.