Water Removal From Your House
Any case of water damage in your house has the potential to be destructive. It doesn’t take a flood or a major leak to cause serious damage, and if the cleanup and removal process isn’t done right, it can mean serious long term problems for your home. Whenever and wherever water damage occurs, it is important to begin the water removal process immediately, unless you want to find yourself dealing with more serious issues such as mold.
As with any case of water damage, either large or small, the key operative word in the process is “dry”. Everything must be completely dried out and cleaned in order to prevent additional problems. Remember that even the most minor spills can create significant aftereffects.
If there is any standing water in the home, then it will need to be removed. In most cases, this can be done through the use of a wet/dry vacuum unit, also known popularly as the shop vac. Looking for all the world like a giant vacuum cleaner, shop vacs can be used to remove fairly large quantities of standing water in a relatively short period of time.
Be advised that some people make the mistake of trying to use their regular vacuum cleaner for this purpose, but this is not advisable. Not only does one run the serious risk of electrocution, but water will also destroy a regular vacuum cleaner. Only equipment specified and approved for such a purpose should be used in any sort of water removal procedure.
Shop vacs should be used on the affected area, and the sound of the water being pulled through the unit will be unmistakable. Once you no longer hear the water coming through, continue to use the unit on the affected area a little longer, just for good measure. This isn’t the end of the process, however.
You will find that after the extraction and removal process, the surfaces you have been working on will still be wet to the touch. Various surfaces will be able to retain a significant amount of moisture. This can only be removed through proper air circulation, opening windows and doors and bringing as many fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers to bear as you can on the area. Once the air gets moving the surfaces can dry out adequately.
It may take a day or two for everything to completely dry, and it is very important to remember the areas that are not often considered, such as the carpeting and the flooring beneath it, as well as the inside of your walls, all of which may suffer damage from any type of water spill or flooding event. These areas will also have to be cleaned up and properly treated, making sure they are completely dry in order to prevent any chance of mold occurring.
Water removal is a very precise procedure, and one that should be executed flawlessly the first time. Overlooking any damaged area will mean that you will end up dealing with mold and mildew problems, not to mention the possible weakening and compromise to the structural integrity of your property.