Water damage repair is a complicated task involving a variety of techniques and equipment to ensure the work is done properly. Depending on the size and severity of the incident, different steps are taken to drain the water and to fix any contaminated areas. Today, we’re going to continue with our previous article and go over the different things typically done on a water damage job as well as the variety of the equipment used. The CleanUP Guys
The critical steps for any job of repairing water damage can be broken down as follows:* Flood Water Removal* Moisture Mapping* Mold Inspection and Removal* Water Drying Techniques Flood Water Removal Removal Removal is the first important step on any restoration of water damage. Upon arrival on stage, skilled technicians should have a variety of equipment at their fingertips. Portable submergible water pumps are typically used to drain out accumulated water in structures. Such pumps have a high water-extraction threshold and can typically dry out a whole submerged area in a short time, which is necessary to stop the spread of damage.
Moisture Mapping Moisture mapping means using detection equipment to get an estimated map for your property’s moisture values. Infrared is one of the most common methods used to get accurate readings, and properly trained technicians typically take digital photographs of high quality as well as assess the extent of the damage. This step is important to get an idea of how bad the damage to the water could be and to take tentative steps to prevent mold growth.
Mold inspection and removal If left unaddressed, residual water will result in mold damage. Water damage practitioners will use special detergents that sterilize the area and make mold growth conditions unfavorable. In addition, some restauration companies may use deodorization and ventilation as part of the process to remove any residual odors and pollutants in the air.
Water Drying techniques These are among the most common water drying techniques used by professionals accredited by the IICRC. Each technique is employed according to the situation’s severity.
Air movers Air movers also known as evaporators support the drying process by controlling humidity in an area and promoting air circulation. This works in a wide-ranging way by removing liquids from porous materials-carpet, wood, drywall, plaster and more-leaving specialized equipment to the more difficult to seek.
Dehumidifiers / Desiccant Dehumidification Dehumidifiers remove the moisture from the air so that it is possible to extract residual water from the field. These can be loosely classified under refrigerant dehumidifiers and dehumidifiers with desiccants.
Under the concept of cooling the surrounding air, refrigerant dehumidifiers operate. When this happens, the air loses its ability to retain water which causes condensation on the equipment’s cooling coils. High-grade dehumidifiers work like a powerful version of consumer dehumidifiers, taking the excess humidity out of the air easily.
To remove water, desiccant dehumidifiers do not need a cooling; rather, they use materials that trap moisture naturally. Such devices can easily remove moisture from the air in as efficient a manner as refrigerants when deployed on a large scale. The type of equipment you are using depends on the company you are recruiting and the restore work conditions.