If your home has become flooded from a storm, broken pipe, sewer backup, or from water used to put out a fire, there is no time to waste beginning the water extraction process. Additional damage can happen the longer water sits in your home. The primary objective should be avoiding and controlling the growth of mold. Mold is not only a health hazard, but it can also damage the infrastructure of your home.
Once it is safe to re-enter your home, every minute counts to lessen this additional damage from mold. Keep in mind, water removal from your home is something that is often best left to the experts, so the first thing you should do is call a water extraction professional to come and assess the damage. You can help jumpstart the water extraction process by removing visible accumulations of water if possible with a wet vacuum or with a pump if you have one. If you are able to do this, you need to be careful because introducing electricity into a wet area can be dangerous if you do not take proper precautions.
Dumb Water and Smart Water
It is important to understand the difference between the types of water accumulation that may remain after you have removed the bulk of the water from your home. These types of water accumulation require special water extraction techniques.
We use the term “dumb water” to refer to water that is just lying around your home. It may be visible, or it may be within your carpeting and its padding. Using special water extraction tools, a technician can remove a great deal of water that a regular wet vacuum would be unable to reach. By compressing the carpeting with a weighted extractor, more water is brought towards the surface that can then be vacuumed up.
“Smart water” is smart because it knows how to hide, requiring a more sophisticated means of detection and water extraction. This type of water accumulation is not often resolved through simple water extraction methods alone. Water that is absorbed by drywall or into inaccessible areas of your home is considered smart water. You may not even be aware that this water is present until you notice a mold problem.
Dealing with Smart Water Extraction
Using special detectors, trained technicians can find smart water in places you normally would not think to look, such as under enclosed stairs or under cabinets. In some situations, it may be necessary to remove drywall that has become saturated with water before damage spreads into your home’s wooden infrastructure.
Water that cannot be removed through regular water extraction methods because it is out of reach can be removed using dehumidifiers and high capacity air movers. During and after the water extraction process, the area will need to be monitored for humidity levels that will indicate if the water is successfully being reduced to ensure that mold will not begin to grow.