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Water Damage in Del Mar

water damage in del marRestoring your home after water damage in Del Mar will involve several complicated steps, tasks that you shouldn’t do yourself – leave that to the restoration specialists. What you can do, however, is remove as much of the excess water as you can. This can be accomplished with fans, rented sump pumps, and anything you can use to absorb water. Just be sure that if you use equipment that requires electricity, to plug electrical cords into a socket where there is no standing water nearby. Once this is accomplished your restoration specialists can take charge of the remainder of the process to rid your home or structure of water damage in Del Mar.

Whether the encroaching water invaded your home due to flooding or an over-flowing toilet, there are four essential components for any water damage restoration project: flood water removal, moisture mapping, mold inspection and removal, and water drying techniques.

Flood Water Removal

Obviously, removing the source of invading water is the top priority. Restoration specialists will bring with them an array of equipment to accomplish this essential task. They will usually have portable submergible water pumps in their arsenal that can pump out accumulated water quickly. These particular pumps have a high threshold for removing water and can often dry out a large submerged area in a brief time. Time is crucial in preventing further damage, thus making the actual restoration more difficult.

Moisture Mapping

In order to properly gauge moisture values on water damaged property, special detection equipment is used to create an approximate map of those values. An infrared thermography device is often used for this purpose since moisture can be hidden behind walls, over ceilings, and under floors. If undetected over time neglected moisture will cause infestations of mold which can affect your health and cause further damage to your property. This method will provide technicians with accurate readings. Technicians will also take high-resolution digital photographs in order to further gauge the extent of the damage. Unless these preliminary steps are taken, it’s difficult to get a sense of how much damage has occurred and create a plan to restore your property.

Mold Inspection and Removal

Excess water, if ignored, can lead to mold proliferation and more damage your property over time. Special detergents will be used which can sterilize the immediate area, thus preventing conditions where mold can thrive and grow. Often a combination of deodorization and ventilation will be used as part of the process of removing any lingering odors and airborne contaminants.

Water Drying Methods

Restoration specialists will set up dehumidifiers, air purifiers, blowers, fans, and special floor driers and cleaners to quickly and efficiently remove water and moisture from your home. After having assessed the extent of the water damage, restoration technicians may also apply the use of wall driers, sanitizers, and mold and mildew remediation techniques and tools to ensure there will be no lasting negative effects in the long run.

Air Movers

Air movers act as evaporators which aid in the drying process by controlling humidity in areas, as well as promote air circulation. Liquid is often trapped in porous materials such as carpet, wood, drywall, plaster and more and conventional drying methods are not thorough enough. This makes removing the excess moisture difficult without specialized equipment.

Dehumidifiers and Desiccant Dehumidification

To remove any lingering moisture from the air, dehumidifiers are essential for this purpose. These dehumidifiers fall into two categories: refrigerant and desiccant.

Refrigerant dehumidifiers cool the surrounding air, causing the air to lose its ability to retain water which then causes condensation to form upon the cooling coils of the equipment. Consumer versions are not as powerful or efficient as those used by professionals, which can more rapidly remove excess moisture from the air.

Desiccant dehumidifiers don’t require cooling to remove water. Just like those small packets of silica that you find in merchandise like shoes and clothing, desiccant dehumidifiers are used to naturally absorb moisture. When employed on a large scale, such machines will quickly extract humidity from the air just as efficiently as the refrigerant version. The type and scale of damage will determine the use of either method – and sometime both.

Every situation is unique and often additional techniques may be used after your specialist determines the extent of the damage to your property. These methods and equipment may be specific to your area, or to your particular water damage. This is why it is essential that a restoration specialist conduct a thorough analysis of your situation and create a plan for an effective solution. And, of course, any safety hazards must be identified.

If you are experiencing water damage in Del Mar do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

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California Could Benefit From A Faster Approach To Real Time Flood Forecasting

Many areas in and around Austin, Texas flooded in October 2013. There were several deaths, damage to hundreds of homes and almost $30 million in damage. While Austin is a forward-looking city and local officials are often praised by the area’s diverse citizens, something went wrong. First responders reacted slowly and picked up heavy criticism. Could problems with flood prediction be the causes?

The same slow response could happen in California, but one academic is working to make sure it doesn’t.

Flood prediction systems in the United States are mostly based on watching large rivers and responding to rainfall patterns, and these systems often don’t provide much data on smaller streams and other bodies of water that can cause devastation in communities.

Using a grant from the National Science Foundation, hydrologist and civil engineer David Maidment from the University of Texas developed NFIE – the National Flood Interoperability Experiment. This collaboration between the National Weather Service, the government, commercial partners and the academic community is aimed at predicting flooding with advanced technology and developing a suite of ways to deal with it.

In late March, a first-ever water summit was held at the White House and stressed the importance of collaboration and the use of the creative strategies in solving water challenges of many kinds that face the nation.

Using computing power from the Texas Advanced Computing Center or TACC, Maidment’s system was put in place to bring together data on rainfall pattern as well as rivers, streams and creeks around the country in an effort to better forecast flooding on a continuous basis.

Without TACC’s computing power, calculations and predictions would be too slow and probably could not be scaled up to include the whole nation. Researchers were allocated time on Stampede, the most powerful supercomputer available at TACC as well as support from the center’s staff.

Soon, the computational power meant that calculations were improved in performance by more than 10,000 times, leading to the ability to predict flooding more quickly than ever imagined.

Now, Maidment is working with first responders to make sure the information that comes from his project is actually put to good use. People like emergency response managers, fire and police chiefs, rescuers and others need access to real data they can use to make informed decisions – rather than deciding based on hunches and a partial picture of what’s happening around them.

Not long ago, nobody knew that quick and accurate flood forecasting was possible. Now, accurate predictions are possible in minutes, and governmental officials at all levels are starting to listen.

Because California is particularly prone to flooding in some areas, it is especially important that California’s officials take note of real-time flood forecasting capabilities and take action based on the information that is now becoming available to them from this new project.

As a flood restoration and disaster response company, we’re on the first lines of cleaning up the damaged homes and properties and shattered lives left behind by water traveling where it hasn’t been predicted to travel. And as the climate evolves, the problem here in California is only getting worse.

We applaud the efforts of Maidment and others who are working to get people and possessions out of the way of fast-moving and quick-rising water so that loss of life and damage to property can be reduced.

We’ve seen too much flood damage and water damage and look forward to a day when real-time flood forecasting can make a real difference for people who live or have property in flood-prone areas.

If you are impacted by flooding, however, we at Orange Restoration San Diego are here for you – (619) 376-6838.

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