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Water damage can be devastating but quick action will help you minimize the damage to your home. With the help of a professional, start the water restoration process immediately to reduce the impact on your home, family and life. Are you experiencing a home damage emergency? Get Water Damage Help Now

As a homeowner, water damage can send a wave of panic in the house. It is disturbing to sit in your home knowing you have standing water in your ceiling. However, if you act fast and accordingly, you can avoid a lot of damage. Call in a professional to deal with it. You will also be able to maintain the structural integrity of your house since water can destroy it. Also, you will avoid disturbing your daily routine with no water damage. 

Process of Water Removal

Suffering big water damage is a terrible life experience. So, what are the causes of water damage? This may include;

  • Basement flood
  • A storm
  • A sewer backup damage
  • A broken pipe
  • A broken pump
  • A leaking appliance

The first action in water removal is to act immediately. Prolonging the stay of water increases the chance of house damage. If you spot standing water in your house, you may first panic. However, you should first calm yourself up and inspect the spots. 

Do not touch the water spots as they may be connected to an electric component. Call a professional, electrician, or emergency service number to help you from here on. 

Water contamination is another determinant of how fast you should get rid of the water. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) came up with three categories of water. These include;

  • Category 1 water is safe as it comes from a clean source.
  • Category 2 water is hazardous as it is contaminated. If consumed or touched, it can cause illness. The water may come from a dishwasher, toilet bowl, or washing machine.
  • Category 3 water is highly contaminated and may have a lot of harmful microbes. Such water comes from stream water, seawater, and sewage backflow.

So, contacting a water removal expert should always be the first step. The expert will examine and conclude the best strategy to deal with the water. Leave it to the experts.

Once the inspection is done and the method is decided upon, the water removal expert can get to work. The water will be removed before another inspection is performed. This will determine whether there are other spots left behind after the extraction. 

The next step will be then drying and dehumidifying the area affected by the standing water. Removing the dampness makes the area safe and avoids the growth of molds. Sanitizing the area also makes the place safe. 

The water removal expert can then check if there are still sources of water leakage. Once identified, they can be repaired to avoid further damage. The affected area can now be covered, and the original covering restored. If the covering is destroyed, it should be replaced with a new one that matches your house’s décor. There you have your house back. 

Ways of Water Extraction

Water removal is a different experience for every homeowner. It depends on how the water is stuck in the house. Generally, these are some of the ways to expect;

  • Any standing water in houses should be removed using powerful equipment. Industrial-grade vacuums are the best options here.
  • Water can stand on floorings. This entails removing the carpeting, the flooring, and in other cases, the sub-flooring. Dehumidifiers and air movers will possibly get the job done here. However, if mold has developed on the flooring, it may have to be replaced.
  • And finally, after the water extraction, cleaning and disinfection are important. This minimizes the after-effects of the standing water.

What is Emergency Water Removal?

There are situations that water standing in your house needs to be removed immediately. For instance, water has flooded several inches in your house. You may have to call a professional or a water removal company to come immediately. Other cases may include where the water has a risk of causing an electrical fire. The company will use powerful pumps to remove the extra water. Air scrubbers and dehumidifiers will also be used to avoid mildew and mold growth. 

How Long Does Water Removal Take?

The period spent on removing standing water depends on the amount of water and the tools used. For a small amount of water, a bucket can be used to scoop out the water. Wet/dry vacuums can also be used. Windows are then opened for the place to dry. This mild water removal takes about 1-2 hours. It can take days for the place to dry sufficiently. 

Moderate to severe water removal may take 1-2 weeks. This may be because the water is standing deep into the floors. It involves removing the carpet and sub-flooring. Drywall and upholstery are also removed. Air scrubbers and dehumidifiers are used to prevent any mold problems.

Conclusion

Water damage in homes can disrupt your happy day routine. However, the solution is to have a water removal process to return to normalcy. Contact the professionals as soon as possible. Doing the project yourself has a lot of risks, and thus experts are recommended. Remember to clean and sanitize the affected areas.

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