If your business has recently undergone damage from excessive water, whether due to flooding or broken pipes, it’s important to have the water extracted as soon as possible.
Water-damaged materials that are exposed to water for long periods of time may start to grow mold and bacteria, causing further and sometimes irreparable damage to your building.
Methods for Water Extraction
There are a few methods that can be used to extract water and reduce further damage. If the water damage has occurred due to broken pipes, the first thing that will need to be done is turning the water off to stop the flow of water into the building and allow water extraction methods to help remove water.
There are some things you can do in your building before the water extraction experts arrive. These are steps such as mopping up and emptying out as much water as possible and removing furnishings that are in the area affected by the flooding.
Vacuums, such as wet-dry vacuums, can be used to eliminate excess water from areas like floors, carpets, and surfaces that are porous.
These vacuums work by putting down a cleaning solution and vacuuming up the moisture. The water is then held in a tank. Industrial wet-dry vacuums can hold more in their tanks and are used when water damage is significant.
Pumps such as sump pumps can help remove water from a building. They work by pumping up the water and then eliminating it through a drain or through an opening to the outside of your building.
These water extraction pumps can vary in size, making it easier to suck up and eliminate the excess water quickly. If the water level is high, a submersible pump may be used to pump out the water continuously.
What Happens Once the Water Is Extracted
Once one of the above methods has been used for water extraction and all the water has been removed, the drying process can begin.
The use of dehumidifiers and high-speed fans can be used to help evaporate any leftover moisture and restore the correct humidity levels so that things such as swelling and warping of the floors and furnishings don’t take place.
Why Use Action Restoration for Your Water Extraction Needs?
If you have experienced water damage and are in need of water extraction services, contact the experts at Action Restoration. Our company is a leader in helping companies respond to disasters quickly and effectively.
We are a privately owned company that believes in providing high-quality services. Our equipment is some of the best in the Gulf Coast region and is part of the reason why we can provide quick and effective service in an emergency.
Contact us at Action Restoration and let us help you clean up your water damage, getting your operations back to normal as soon as possible.
Water Extraction FAQs
What is the process involved in water extraction?
First, the water source must stop, whether shutting off the main water line, repairing a pipe, replacing a sump pump, or tarping off a leaking roof.
Then all the standing water can be removed with pumps or wet vacuums, as well as any wet furnishings, carpet, or other porous materials.
Finally, dehumidifiers, fans, and desiccants can be brought in to draw out any remaining moisture while monitoring the process with moisture meters.
How long does it take to dry out water damage?
The entire process can take three to seven days, depending on the extent of the water damage and how long it had to soak in.
At Action Restoration, we feature advanced, high-powered drying equipment that can speed drying time by up to 30%.
What’s the difference between water extraction and water mitigation?
Water extraction services are designed to remove water and dry the structure after a significant event like a flood, roof leak, or plumbing failure has already occurred.
Water mitigation is an emergency service that is designed to stop water from entering your structure to prevent further damage, then cleaning up the water and starting the repair process. At Action Restoration, we offer water extraction, mitigation, dehumidification, and full reconstruction services.
What happens if the water is not removed fast enough?
After a flood or plumbing problem, water can soak deep into porous surfaces like wood floors and cabinetry, wood framing, drywall, insulation, and more. If the structure is not dried quickly enough, wood can warp or rot, drywall and insulation will be ruined, and mold can begin to grow.
The structural integrity of the building can also be compromised if the wood framing begins to rot. In addition to water extraction, our team at Action Restoration also offers mold remediation, water damage restoration, and structural reconstruction services to repair any water damage that may have occurred.