Remove As Much Water & Moisture As Possible
If you have a sump pump or wet vacuum and you feel comfortable, you can begin to remove the water. Keep in mind that electricity mixed with standing water is incredibly dangerous and the utmost caution needs to be used.
Never attempt to use your regular household vacuum to extract water from your home.
Remove Wet Objects
Any flooring that isn’t secured to your home, such as area rugs, can be removed from the area and brought somewhere where they can dry out. Any valuables should be moved to higher, dryer ground and curtains or draperies should either be removed or tied up off the floor.
The more wet items that can be cleared out of the room, the quicker the water can be removed, and the drying process can begin. Do not attempt to remove any heavy furniture on your own.
Also, never try to rip up and remove carpeting or flooring that is anchored to your floor, leave this to the professionals if need be.
Assist the Drying Process
The first thing that you can do to help speed up the drying process is to open all your closets, cabinet doors, windows and doors (if weather permits). Opening your home to natural air flow is especially effective in low humidity situations.
You can also employ the use of fans and blowers to help move air around your home to speed up the drying out process. If you HVAC system has water damage, do not use the fans or blowers.
If you have a dehumidifier, now would be a good time to get that out and running. Dehumidifiers take the water vapor out of the air which allows the rest of the room to dry out. Again, be sure the dehumidifier is not being used in an area of standing water as electricity and water do not mix.
Once your emergency water damage team arrives, they will get to work immediately on professionally removing all the water from your home. iDry’s water extraction process typically follows the following procedures:
-Our experienced professionals will bring in heavy duty submersible pumps to suck up at any standing water. This step helps to speed up the drying time and reduces your chance of having mold grow and any other secondary damage to occur.
-After the bulk of the water has been soaked up and sucked out, the carpets and padding will be inspected thoroughly. This helps to protect the sub flooring. We aim to salvage as much of your homes’ furnishings as possible, but dependent on the extent of the damage, some flooring may need to be ripped up and replaced.
-Dependent on the situation, our team may introduce moisture detectors and hygrometers to determine what the moisture saturation level is. This level will give us an idea of what our steps need to be moving forward and the extent of the water damage to your home.
After the bulk of the water extraction has been done, it is time to begin the drying process. Although your walls and flooring may appear to be dry, chances are there is retained moisture that will need to be thoroughly dried out.
Many building materials are porous, which means they retain water. If the retained water is not properly dried up it can lead to mold growth and warped or damaged walls and flooring, making it vital that they be completely dried out before your home can be considered “back to normal.”
iDry’s certified team will come in with our cutting-edge tools to regulate the temperature and humidity level in the affected space. Our specialized equipment includes industrial dehumidifiers and air movers which will aid in removing all the retained water from the materials in your home.
The drying process is monitored closely using moisture meters until the area is completely dry. iDry ensures that the water elimination process is done thoroughly so you don’t experience any secondary damage due to leftover dampness.
If mold is found present, iDry has a specialized mold remediation process in which we will begin. Mold in your home is not only dangerous for the integrity of your home’s structure, but also dangerous to you and your family.
Mold spores can cause allergic reactions in many people with a myriad of side effects. If mold is found present in your home, swift action and removal is a must.