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Understanding the Water Removal and Extraction Process

What You Need to Know About Removing Water From a Home Water is one of the primary elements that support life. Almost 70% of our bodies are composed of water. The uses of water are numerous, but it can turn out to be disastrous at times. In fact, water is only beneficial to us when control is exercised in its usage, storage, and disposal. Once in a while water pipes burst, seas and oceans break their banks, rains cause flooding, and water containers burst. This uncontrolled water can destroy property and cause havoc to peoples’ lives. Water spills or floods result from unexpected agents, but the response time is very critical to minimizing the damage. Water removal and extraction procedures are the methods or steps followed to ensure a faster removal of excess water from the affected areas. Check out our water extraction services at www.action1restoration.net/restoration-services/water-extraction/ The areas at home or in offices that are mostly affected by having water spills or floods include: Floor carpets Walls Draperies Floor and wall cabinets Furniture Ceiling and wood floors Electrical sockets and equipment To prevent irreversible damage to your property, you need to have a water extraction and removal company at your disposal 24/7. These are trained technicians in water management and will clear your place within hours or days depending on the extent of the damage. One method used to extract water from the affected areas is called “the dry force process.” This is the most utilized method especially for offices and places of business where time is of utmost importance. The method uses sophisticated modern equipment to extract, dehumidify and evaporate water and moisture as fast as possible. It’s quite effective and allows an “on-site” extraction of water. The extraction process can be summarized in four stages comprising of two drying stages, a final assessment stage plus an initial damage assessment and evaluation stage.   Stage I: Assessment & Evaluation This is the very first action taken after the spill has been reported to the extraction company. The activities performed in this stage include: A complete assessment of the affected areas and the extent of the damage so far. Relocation of furniture or other items from the affected area for protection. Lift floor carpets from the area. Dispose items which cannot be salvaged. Apply a suitable anti-microbial agent to the affected areas to avoid molds and pungent smells. Remove any obstacles from the walls to enhance ventilation of the room. Estimate the total cost of extracting the water, and Bring to site the equipment required to conduct the extraction and removal process.   2) Stage II: Drying Services Starting the extraction process and allowing the equipment to operate uninterrupted for the duration of the time. Cut the power supply to the affected areas. Open and keep open drainage lines for a complete removal of moisture. All windows and doors should be kept closed.   3) Stage III: Inspections and Tests This is a continuation of the drying process. A technician […]

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Black Or Gray Water Removal – Action 1 Restoration

Why Black Or Gray Water Needs To Be Removed And Cleaned By A Professional Restoration Company There are specific procedures for removing black or gray water after flooding. It is important to remove this type of water immediately because of the many contaminants that the water carries. Some of these contaminants may be pesticides, petroleum products, heavy metals or even human feces. Any building that has been breached by black water will require professional restoration from companies such as Action 1 Restoration. Black Water Removal From A Flood Or Sewage Backup A company that performs black water restoration after a flood will be required to have its employees wear rubber gloves that are impermeable. The employees will also be required to have a suitable respirator so that they do not breathe in contaminated particles or spores. Another important piece of equipment will be their protective eye-wear. Before eating, drinking or performing any other hand to mouth operations, they will need to wash their hands with plenty of soap and hot water. The most important thing that a restoration company will do is to remove any standing water immediately. Excessive standing water can be mechanically extracted by a wet vacuum or a pump. Any remaining small amounts of water can be mopped up by hand. All black water that has been removed from any building will need to be discarded in a sanitary sewer system. If such a system is not available the restoration company will need to hire the services of a septic waste transporter. Learn more about the Action 1 Restoration services and process for water removal www.action1restoration.net/restoration-services/water-extraction/ The next step will be to dry the area quickly. This will help to prevent the spread of bacteria and mold. All contents in the buildings such as draperies, furnishings, etc. should be removed. Any item that is salvageable should be cleaned, wrapped in plastic and finally stored in a humidity controlled storage area. They humidity will need to be less than 60% so as to prevent mold from growing. If the cleaned items are required to be stored on the site, they should be stored in an area that is enclosed and away from any further contamination. It is preferable to store these items in a location that is not on-site, if possible. Items such as important papers and files can be cleaned, dried, photocopied and then discarded. All other wet files and paperwork should be immediately destroyed. To prevent further contamination, you can use plastic curtains and other such items to enclose and contain specific areas from other contaminated areas. Experience restoration companies like Action 1 Restoration will use an air mover or vacuum with a HEPA filter. This type of filter will provide a negative pressure that will help to keep contaminants contained. This HEPA system should be continually run during the removal of any contaminated material. It also should be run during all days of cleaning or treating of the building. All of the air should be […]

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Why Water Removal Is Important To Protect Against Mold

Protect Your Home And Your Family With Mold Prevention After A Water Exposure When a home is flooded or damaged by water, many homeowners focus on the visible signs. They mop up puddles, air out rooms, and try to salvage as much as they can from the wreckage. What they often do not realize is that a lot of damage can take place in places that are hidden from view. A professional water removal company utilizes additional tools like thermal imaging and moisture meters to help ensure that any hidden pockets of water are taken care of. Water can easily seep underneath floorboards or go behind the walls of a home. If these hidden pockets of water are not cleaned up and dried out right away, they can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew. Often, these can start to grow within 48 hours from the time the water was sitting. Learn more about our water removal and extraction services over at www.action1restoration.net/restoration-services/water-extraction/ Unfortunately, many people do not realize that they have mold growing in their homes until it is too late. Cleaning up a full-fledged mold infestation can be a very expensive and time-consuming process. In some very rare cases, the only solution is to tear down the home and rebuild it from scratch. To avoid such problems, you need to make sure that you clean everything up thoroughly after your home has been damaged by water. By calling Action 1 Restoration, you can get the cleanup process started right away so that mold and mildew are unable to gain a foothold in your home. Mold spores are everywhere, and most of the time they do not cause any problems. The vast majority of them will never land anywhere that provides a hospitable environment. However, if they do happen to find a resting place that is warm and damp, they can start to grow almost immediately. When they do, they can cause huge blooms of mold that can send billions of spores into the air. At these levels, these spores can be a real health hazards. People with respiratory problems or weak immune systems can quickly fall ill if they are exposed to too many mold spores. In addition, mold can even weaken the structure of your home. If a mold infestation grows too large, it can start to eat into the wood in your home. You may not even realize that this damage is happening until it is too late, since most of it is taking place behind your walls or underneath your floorboards. Because of the danger posed by mold, you need to make sure that water is removed from all areas of your home right away. Just mopping up the visible puddles and pools of water is not enough. You need to call Action 1 Restoration so we can clean up all the water, both visible and hidden from view. Thoroughly cleaning up, drying out, and disinfecting a home after a flood is a big […]

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Water Removal Done Correctly

A home that is faced with a flood is going to need water extraction, and it is going to need it as soon as possible. This is because there are a lot of risks to both the foundation of your home, and your family if you allow the water to persist. Far too many people do not realize that there is much more than an inconvenience at risk when you allow water to remain in your home or basement. The solution to ensuring that your as safe as possible and that your home is restored is to tip top shape. Pumping Water Out Of Your Home Pumping water out of your home after a flood or disaster is much more of a harder task than you may think. Check out more information on it here. Even if you are able to extract the majority of the water, you cannot be certain that it is resorted properly. We do more than simply get rid of your water, we analyze your home and let you know whether or not your home is safe to inhabit. If your home appears to have collected mold, we will help clean it out so that it is safe to live in.   Water Extraction Benefits of Action 1 Restoration Another benefit of allowing our team to come into your home and extract an overflow of water is that we will also check to see if the foundation is still secure. Many times people choose to remove the water and go about their lives. While in the immediate future you may not notice any damage to your home, but during an earthquake, another disaster, or an event your home may collapse. Water can weaken the foundation of your home and cause it to slide, that can hurt you or anyone else in your home that is present during the collapse. Give yourself a sense of security by allowing our team to do our jobs to examine your home to determine if it is safe to live in. As always, we offer a solution to how you can repair your home so that it is safe to live in again. Our water extraction services are affordable and fast. We make ourselves available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is in an effort to service as many people as we can in a short amount of time so that no one has to suffer the consequences of water damage. With that being said, when we do provide our service to a home, we do not rush our methods of practice. Above all else our number one goal is to ensure that your home is safe to live in once we are gone. While we do pride ourselves in our speed and process, we do not jeopardize the safety of our customers in the process. This is all done for an affordable price. Most other water extraction service companies will charge you a great deal […]

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