Drying Your Home After a Flood

Nobody relishes the thought of walking into their living room to see that their carpets are under an inch or more of water. The damage that flooding can do can be severe and expensive. However, taking the right steps as soon as you can after the flooding is discovered can cut the damage and the costs. Between your immediate efforts and the help of a qualified water extraction company, your home can be fully dried and restored.

Immediately After the Flood

As soon as you discover flooding, you should call a water extraction company. We are available 24 hours a day to handle emergency water removal.

If you can, cut power to the area of the house that is affected. If you can safely enter the room, remove soft furniture, items made of particle board and area rugs. The less time these soak, the less damage there will be.

What the Water Extraction Company Will Do

Depending on the nature of the flooding, the water extraction company may start by removing water and drying carpets. If the carpets have been damaged by sewage or another black water source, they may be removed and discarded.

Sucking up the water is the first part of the job. In many cases, water can intrude into walls and under floors. Special moisture sensors are used to detect water behind walls, inside cabinets and under floorboards.

After the water has been removed, it is time to start drying the building. A combination of professional grade fans and other equipment are used to complete evaporate any water. Baseboards may be removed if there is reason to believe that water has gotten behind them. In some cases, it is necessary to drill discreet, unobtrusive holes beneath cabinets and into floors. These can be used to remove any water that has gotten into these areas.

The amount of time needed to complete drying of the house will depend on the severity of the flooding. In most cases, the job will be complete within a few days.

The severity of damage is largely dependent on how soon water removal is started. By catching flooding before mold and bacteria can form and before wood and other materials can warp or swell, the damage of a flood can be minimized.

Flooding in your home can happen after heavy rainfall, after the failure of an appliance like a dishwasher or when pipes burst. No matter what the cause, dealing with it quickly is the key to a quick and thorough recovery. Have you suffered a flood in your home? Get in touch now. We’ll come out right away for a free assessment and will be ready to do the work to remove the water and get your home dry.

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