If your property is experiencing flooding from any source, immediate water removal, also called water extraction, is crucial to preventing further damage. Water damage can be an extremely costly problem, depending on the building involved and the specific issues that result from it. Burst pipes, overflowing septic systems and toilets, leaking appliances, roof leaks, and flooding because of severe weather tend to be the most common sources.
Water extraction removes property water intrusion and reduces drying time. Powerful sump pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units are used for quick, effective water removal. Other methods used include stopping the source of excessive flow of water, draining excess water and standing water, removing non-visible water, drying the property, and dehumidifying the entire area.
Water extraction is necessary to add to any disaster recovery checklist in the aftermath of natural disasters, storms, or plumbing issues. It is a vital part of water damage restoration and recovery that makes follow-up processes like dehumidification more effective. It also is vital to protect the health of facility occupants, especially when the water in need of extraction is wastewater or otherwise has the potential to introduce health risks, like causing mold or mildew.
Extraction removes the majority of water from the property. While the extraction method may vary, the typical approach includes powerful pumps, truck-mounted vacuum units, and other extraction tools used to quickly and efficiently remove thousands of gallons of water from properties.
Highly trained and IICRC-certified technicians begin the processes almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, they may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength wet/dry vacuums. Technicians stop the source of excessive water flow, take care of draining off water, remove non-visible water, dry the grounds, and dehumidify the entire area.
By performing thorough water extraction, drying time is reduced, which helps to prevent mold and secondary water damage. The water extraction process aims to reduce the risk of damage and secondary damage to property, like preventing the growth of molds and bacteria, and restore the condition of the property to the pre-water damage condition.
Though these two processes are technically different, they work in tandem to help solve all issues with excessive water. After the extraction of water, mitigation involves removing damaged materials and property to be replaced or salvaged, if possible.