Water Removal: What to Expect

Water Removal: What to Expect

floor with dryersIt’s one of the most upsetting things a homeowner can encounter: walking into a flooded basement. Water damage only gets worse – and more expensive – the longer it goes on. Most property owners know this and it’s why they may not be thinking straight when they encounter water damage in their home or office premises. They just want the water removal to happen quickly and often try to do it themselves. While there are some things you can and should do yourself to minimize water damage and the hazards it can cause, it’s best to also enlist the help of a specialized water extraction expert.

What You Can Do Right Away

If your flood damage was caused by a leaking pipe or broken water heater, the first thing you should do is shut off the main water line to your home. If the source of the flooding is hard to find, call a professional to help you locate it. Here are a few other steps to take immediately:

  • Turn off the power (electricity, gas). Do not stand in water to do this. If in any doubt, call an electrician.
  • Document the damage (photos, videos, receipts, lists) before the clean-up begins.
  • Remove important possessions (documents, heirlooms, photographs) while they are still salvageable.

Why Hire a Professional Water Removal Service?

A proficient water removal service will take care of your flood damage situation systematically and without delay. They will start the water extraction process as soon as it is safely possible. Besides getting the water extraction job done quickly and efficiently, a water removal expert will also:

Dry out the area completely. Professionals have specialized equipment and techniques to ensure that the drying process is performed thoroughly and in the quickest possible time.

  • Clean up flood debris. Flood water leaves behind debris and toxic mud. The toxic material can also get into your air ducts, and is hazardous when it dries and becomes airborne. Professional water removal services will remove all flood debris as well as check and clean your air ducts.
  • Find and remediate mold damage. Mold and mildew will begin to develop within 24-48 hours of exposure to moisture. While you may see some of it, mold can also grow in hidden areas such as air ducts, crawlspaces, behind walls and under carpets. A mold remediation professional can detect hidden mold and remove it safely.
  • Assist you with the insurance claim. Professional water removal experts work with insurance companies all the time. They know what is covered, what is not and how to properly document your claim.

An emotional and trying time for most homeowners, dealing with flood damage on your own is also extremely time-consuming. You need to drop everything and deal with the water extraction and drying/cleaning process in order to prevent the damage from getting worse. A water removal and mold remediation professional not only knows what you are experiencing, but also has the expertise to fix it for you – leaving you to attend to other important matters.

Choosing a Water Damage Restoration Professional

To find the best water removal service, look for a certified professional with experience in identifying and locating water problems, who has advanced water extraction and drying equipment and techniques, and who can help you with your insurance claim.