Water Extraction Tips
While it can be tempting to remove water on your own, it’s just not as simple as grabbing a mop and bucket or renting a wet vacuum and getting the water out of your home or office. Only a professional water removal company has the knowhow and trained technicians required to fully extract water and dry out and disinfect your property so that you don’t have mold issues later. We offer water extraction and water removal services throughout the LA area and stand behind all of our work.
That said, while you are waiting for the pros to arrive, here are a few tips to follow:
- Switch off Power
Even if the water does not appear to be near any outlets or electrical devices, you should always switch off the power when removing water from a flooded area as a safety caution. Before doing so, do not go near or let any one else go near the water, as it could be a generator for electricity and can be lethally dangerous. Before doing anything else, put on gloves, goggles, boots, and a mask to protect you from hazardous debris before entering the flooded area.
- Analyze the Situation
Depending upon the amount of water flooded in to the area you are managing, you may or may not need professional help. If the water is in a non-carpeted area, like a cement basement, it should but you some time. You should be able to bail out the water with a shop vac, buckets, or plenty of helpers and some mops. However, if the water has taken hold of another area of the house that is carpeted, you will need to act fast.
- Remove Bulk of Water
The longer the water sits, the more likely it is to seep through your walls and harm the structure of the building. You do not want this to happen, because it will be both costly and time consuming to fix. If you feel you can not handle the extraction process quickly enough on your own, calling professional water damage help will be both more efficient and cheaper in the long run. If you can handle the situation, be sure to enlist as many hands as possible to take care of the job quickly. Use anything you have to get the bulk of the water out of the area.
- Remove Unsalvageable Items
Before you can finish cleaning and drying the area, you will have to do some clearing. Any items that are already growing mold, or can not be salvaged once wet should be thrown away first.
- Air Dry Salvageable Items
If there was clothing or launder-able items that got wet, you can wring them out and throw them in the dryer now to try and salvage them. Any wooden furniture should be moved out of the area as soon as possible as well, before it begins to absorb any water. Once the bulk of water is extracted, continue sorting through items, making “safe areas” elsewhere to put items you want to save, and a trash pile outside. Lay the salvageable items in the sun (if possible) on a flat, dry surface to dry. Any cloth items should be laundered first before drying.
While the cleaning process continues, you will need to open all widows and doors, and place any fans you can get around the affected area. Having a constant airflow through the area will largely decrease your chance of mold growing, and make the whole process faster and easier. Removing all wet items from the area also helps quicken this process drastically, as they add a lot of moisture to the air.
- Freeze Drying
If you have some items that are very wet, but very dear to you, you can try freeze drying them to salvage them. While professionals have special freezers they use to do this, if you have a freezer with anti-frosting ability, you can do it at home. The freezer must be kept at below -10 degrees, and them items will have to stay in the freezer for several weeks before dry.