If You Experience a Flood, Understand the Water Extraction Process

The flood water extraction process is the first step on the path to recovery from water damage. It’s an urgent step because damage worsens by the minute as long as standing water remains inside the house or business. That’s why water damage professionals typically offer quick-response services to get water out ASAP using an industry-standard flood water extraction process.

Any flooded structure is a safety hazard to untrained persons for a variety of reasons, including the danger of electrocution and water-saturated ceilings and walls that may collapse. Don’t attempt DIY recovery methods. Always let the experts remove the water and clear all hazards before venturing into the premises.

Here’s what’s involved in a professional flood water extraction process:

  • Using high-capacity pumps capable of moving several thousands of gallons per hour, the crew will quickly remove standing water from enclosed areas like basements where it typically accumulates after a flood event.
  • Once pooled water is removed, high-power industrial vacuums designed for water removal are used to remove puddles and residual water from hard surfaces.
  • Vacuums can also be used to suck moisture from carpets and padding and, with special tools, remove water that has seeped inside wall spaces and other structural voids.
  • After flood water extraction, industrial dehumidifiers are placed inside the building to remove excess humidity in the air, which often damages possessions untouched by the water itself as well as triggers toxic mold.
  • Follow-up after the structure is dried may include periodic testing of air samples for the presence of active mold spores that indicate incipient mold growth.

Find out more about the flood water extraction process from the water damage experts at Rytech, Inc.