When you have a flood of water pouring into your home, it is perfectly natural to panic! Your first thoughts may be to grab a few old beach towels or find the mop. But your home could have hundreds of gallons of water that needs to be removed. This kind of emergency will require much more serious and technical equipment (and man power) to resolve.
Professional restoration teams such as United Fire And Water use specialty commercial grade equipment to help facilitate and speed up the water extraction process. Highly trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, they have an arsenal of tools that will arrive within the hour.
Specialized Water Removal Equipment
Our professionals recognize that every hour that water has contact with your possessions and building materials, the amount of water damage increases. Therefore, they will immediately dispatch the latest technology to dry your home as soon as possible. They might bring:
- Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters to measure the extent of moisture saturation.
- Multiple types of pumping equipment: submersible pumps, industrial wet/dry vacuums
- Infrared cameras may be used to find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings.
- Continuous pumping gas powered units for high-level water.
- Truck-mounted and portable extraction units to perform efficient water removal.
For example, water extraction by truck-mounted vacuum units can remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property. If you tried to accomplish this with household equipment, you would spend days and not accomplish as much as professionals can in a few hours.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, UFW can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage. That way, they can concentrate on the building while your things can dry in a controlled environment.
Inspect The Carpet Pad And Carpet
Our team will immediately assess the carpets to determine their salvageability. After they inspect the carpet and pad, it may be necessary to remove it in order to protect the subfloor. If damp material is left in contact with the porous subfloor, instability and mold could develop. When the crew arrives, they will begin formulating a repair plan that saves as much material as they safely can.
Removing Moisture From The Air
We have many options to rapidly remove humidity. A refrigerant dehumidifier extracts moisture from the atmosphere by passing air through an arrangement of cooling coils. Desiccant machines actively draw the water from the air and capture it in special silica gel or a similar substance. These industrial dehumidifiers are many times more powerful than the home versions.
UFW will also use penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters, infrared cameras, over 15 years (and thousands of water damage projects) of experience, and IICRC standards to determine when your property is dried to a pre-loss condition.