Water Removal in 7 Steps

You Called For Help With Drying Your Flooded Home – Now What?

DRS explains damage and how to restore return your home to pre-damage condition.
Disaster Restoration Specialist assesses damage and explains plan for mitigation of damage.

You just made the horrifying discovery of water creeping, spraying or flooding into your home. Then you made the call to your disaster restoration company. Now they’re on their way to perform an initial inspection. But there you are waiting for water removal with soggy carpet and no running water. You probably wonder what happens now? What will they do? How long will this take?

You were wise to call quickly. Your certified Disaster Restoration Specialist (DRS) will assess your situation and ask questions. How bad is it? How long has it been wet? What materials are wet? Here’s a general picture of mitigation and restoration of most water losses.

1. Address possible dangers

Water in the home doesn’t only damage building materials. It can also present dangerous conditions to your health and safety.  A few possible risks could be electrical shock and gas leaks, compromised ceilings and floors, and asbestos containing materials. Other threats are pathogens in sewage and airborne mold. Each of these and other possible dangers can be an even greater issue than the water flooding your home.

2. Find the water and identify the source

There are many types of water losses. Maybe you have sewage covering the whole basement. Or possibly you had an upstairs bathroom sink overflowing for the entire tenth inning. Where did all that water go? Water migration follows certain habits, but a good technician seeks out the not-so-predictable. Sophisticated instruments find and measure moisture levels in materials such as drywall and wood. These tests define the line between wet and dry materials. An effective drying strategy can now begin.

3. Control mold and microbial growth

DRS applies anti-bacterial product to stop mold growth.
Anti-bacterial applied frequently throughout job process discourages mold growth until materials are dry.

Mold spores were already present in your home (and everyone else’s home) before this disaster. They may have been dormant. But now, those spores have the moisture needed to begin growing and does so at an alarming rate. Timely application(s) of professional grade antimicrobial products are applied to keep mold at bay during the drying process.

4. Manipulate contents to access affected areas

Your DRS needs access to floors and drywall to remove water and dry them. The goods you live with everyday like furniture, cabinets and appliances must be moved. Depending on your situation, they can be moved to another part of your home or packed and stored off-site until restoration is complete.

5. Demolition of water damaged materials and contents

Crew removing vinyl plank flooring.
Vinyl plank flooring may need to be removed in order to dry sub-floor.

A responsible DRS always considers saving your home’s materials and contents first. However, not everything can be salvaged. Non-salvageable items are sorted from salvageable items.Unfortunately, items tainted with sewage can absorb pathogens and therefore cannot be cleaned and dried.

6. Water removal process

A Disaster Restoration Specialist uses many types of equipment to address a water emergency. There are many choices available to the DRS: Water extractors, fans, dehumidifiers, mat systems, and “dragons”. Generally, heaters warm the air, air movers stir up water droplets and dehumidifiers pull that moisture out of the air and drain it away. The amount of water and wet materials determine how long this process takes. Choosing just which pieces of equipment to use – including the size and placement – makes a big difference in how quickly things dry out. You can trust your DRS to choose well and make adjustments as necessary.

7. Monitor progress of water affected materials

Nick uses a hammer probe to read moisture levels in subfloor beneath carpet.
Moisture meters help answer the question “Where is it wet?”

Once equipment is running, your DRS will visit your home daily in most cases, to assess the drying progress. They do this by taking multiple moisture readings to gauge drying progress. The equipment is monitored daily so it can be adjusted and removed as soon as possible.

You made the right choice! A certified, experienced Disaster Restoration Specialist is your best first call when water threatens your home. They’re there for you.