If any room in your home has flooded, it is important that the water be removed properly. If the water is not removed properly, wood can rot and mold may begin to form. A water removal and restoration company can help you with this process. Here are the steps they follow to completely remove water and prevent mold.
When dealing with a home that is flooded, it is important that you get as much of the water out of the home as possible. Typically, an emergency water removal company will start by using a pump to remove large amounts of water. The pump pumps water from your home out to either your yard or street, depending on where the water can best drain. Once the large amounts of water have been pumped out, the smaller amounts of water will need to be removed. This may be done using a carpet cleaner to suck up water from the carpet and pad or using a push broom or squeegee to remove the rest of the sitting water.
Removal of Damaged Items
The next step in the clean-up process is to remove any items from your home that have been damaged by water that can't be salvaged. Typically, items such as insulation and drywall can't have water removed without damaging the integrity of the item, so these items will be removed and discarded. Depending on the type of flooring you have and the amount of water that was present, your flooring may need to be removed. And in extreme cases, some of the wooden beams in your space may need to be removed if they are already showing signs of being warped or damaged due to the water.
Once the visible amounts of water and damaged items have been removed from your home, an emergency water removal company will begin the dehumidification process. The dehumidification process removes excess moisture from places that you can't see or otherwise remove water from, such as the wood behind your walls or the water that your concrete sub-floor has absorbed. If this water is allowed to sit, your wood can begin to warp or rot and wet concrete can cause your flooring to become water damaged in the future. Moisture also provides the perfect breeding ground for mold, so it is important that it is removed.
Depending on the amount of water that is sitting in your home, and the current weather conditions, there are a few ways to remove this excess moisture. If there isn't much moisture in your home and the weather is nice, a water removal company may open up your windows and run large fans to dry the area. If a large amount of moisture is present, or weather conditions are poor, a dehumidifier may be brought in. A dehumidifier pulls moisture out of the air, helping to remove all of the excess moisture from your space. This process typically takes at least a couple days to complete, but can take as long as a couple of weeks, depending on the amount of moisture present.
After all of the water has been removed from the home, your home will need to be completely sanitized. This step is crucial to keeping your family safe and healthy. An emergency water removal company will sanitize the walls, floors, baseboards and everything else that the water has come into contact with using bleach or a commercial product designed to kill mold, bacteria and germs. If you fail to have this done properly, you could be subjecting yourself and your family to health issues at some point down the road.
There are a number of reasons why water may flood a space. A pipe in your house may burst, you may have foundation problems, or an outdoor flood due to heavy rains may begin to enter your space. After your home has flooded, it is imperative that all of the water be removed, that damaged items be discarded and that the space be sanitized. This is a lot of work to take on on your own and if you fail to do it properly, can cause lingering issues. A water removal company like Firewater Restoration Services can help you with each step, ensuring your home is water-free and sanitary.