Restoring 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.
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 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!