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If you are reading this most likely you have had or have flood damage in your home or business. The following tips will assist you in what to do when you have flood damage. Please remember that these tips are just guidelines and good judgement should be used when trying to restore water damage. If you feel you need help contact us, your local IICRC certified flood damage drying technician for FREE flood damage inspection, FREE set up and delivery of drying equipment for flood damage drying.
Control the temperature, airflow and humidity indoors to prevent mold, odor, swelling and warping of wet floors, carpet, timber, walls, ceiling and furniture, thus minimizing repair costs. The quicker you start flood damage drying process, the less likely you are to get mildew, odor, bacteria, rot and rust. Many small water damage and water leak problems could be solved only using commercial Dryers. (Avoid using heaters)
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Ventilate the area that has been affected by flood damage using open windows and fans until everything is dried. It is also helpful to set up a dehumidifier and air conditioner during this process to speed up the drying process. You may be doing this for some time until the area is completely dried out.
Hire and set up industrial-sized fan (Carpet Blower) directly blow onto the wet area. Run them on high speed for at least 48 hours following the incident. Make sure that the fan hits and aimed directly to the carpet, the pad, the subfloor or timber floorboards. If the area is large you may need more than one fan, you may few times reposition or redirect the fan. It is vital to remove all standing water prior drying process, the fans are used to dry the moisture not the loose or standing water.
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Check your flood damage drying progress after 24 hours. If wet carpet smells, the fans have not helped, you should consider professional help. This is sufficient time for mold to develop and if the carpet has not dried up noticeably by then, you may be at risk for hazardous allergens and health risk. The fibre of carpet, (Wool vs. Nylon) material of underlay (Foam vs. Felt vs. Rubber) and sub-floor material (Concrete vs. Timber) have important role and must be considered.
Many home owners ignore importance of flood damage drying floating timber floors, the reason is timber unlike carpet develops mold after few months, does not produce unpleasant odour and discolouration. The floating floor sticky surface and invisible water marks may seem not huge problem in the beginning.
Timber flooring is water resistant but water may easily penetrate through plank joints and gaps next to the walls. If water has been pooled. Moisture could trap between timber and foam underlay for long time causing mold growth and rot after fewmonths. It is required longer hours of drying time and gradually using fans to dry wet timber flooring.
Only carpet cleaning is not the solution to restore water damaged carpet, in some cases it could worsen the situation and increase the chance of mold growth, although it is recommend professional wet carpet cleaning and sanitising which includes mildew, bacteria, browning and water marks treatments before starting drying process. Soak up all excess water with towels is very useful, but this is only first step (don’t leave wet towels on surface of carpet or timer flooring) There is still an excessive amount of moisture present that will provide a breeding ground for mold and odor if left unattended.
Flood Damage Drying Equipment
One of the many tools available to a professional water damage restoration company is the use of air drying. Using speed dryers, air mover, etc. pushes or moves the moisture off the water damaged effected material (carpet, furniture, walls, etc.) and dispossessed into the air where the commercial dehumidifier catches it and remove it from the room.
Portable high-speed with adjustable positioning air movers (fans) create intense airflow across walls, carpets, ceiling, floors, skirting and furniture, evaporating left over moisture and speeding dehumidification.(size: 40 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm)
Dehumidification is the process of removing moisture from the air in the room ant transfer to the water which could be drained.
The indoor humidity in affected areas should be reduced to 45% RH as quickly as possible. When flooding has been extensive, the drying process may require several days or longer to be effective. Adequate flood damage drying should be inspected and evaluated with a moisture meter.