What Can I Use To Dry Up Water Damage?

What Can I Use To Dry Up Water Damage?

You can find yourself in a predicament due to water damage, unsure of what to do. The water itself may affect your home or property, but there may also be other problems, not to mention possible health risks. Before starting the repair and reconstruction procedure, it’s crucial to ensure that the structure has been sufficiently dried out. 

How long does it take to dry out water damage?

The time it takes to do water damage repairs will depend on how long it takes the affected material to dry out and how severe the damage is. It will probably take less than a month if you’re only dealing with one or two small rooms – 72 hours for drying out and another one to two weeks for actual damage restoration.

Perhaps all you have is a burst pipe or, even worse, a flooded basement. The procedure of cleaning up the water cannot be put off. Water absorbs quickly and permeates your home’s flooring, walls, furniture, and other locations. 

Installing a sump pump in your house is another option to get rid of water. A sump pump is employed to remove water from a basement or crawl area. The drainage line that exits the house is joined to the sump pump. The sump pump activates and removes the water from your home when the water level rises above the sump pump pit’s bottom. 

What to use to dry up water damage

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Move air naturally

Open the windows and doors to start the air moving if the humidity isn’t too high. Remove drawers from cabinets and closets.

Move air mechanically

Powerful fans can be rented or purchased to increase air circulation. Fans can be purchased for between $50 and $500 depending on size and wattage; rentals run $20 daily. Avoid using your furnace or central air conditioning if HVAC ducts are submerged.

Pump water

Using a hose or pipe, a sump pump is a submersible pump that continually pumps the water outside the home. A sump pump can be useful if standing water is several inches deep. 

Wet/dry shop vac

Some shop vacs have wet-condition ratings. These vacuums remove water from carpets, giving you a chance to save rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting. Avoid using a regular household vacuum with exposed internal parts to water. 

Dehumidify

A portable dehumidifier can eliminate moisture from the air in a small space, such as a bedroom or basement entertainment room. Close the windows and doors of the space to stop extra humidity from leaking in. Purchase a sizable dehumidifier to eliminate the need for frequent water drawer emptying.

Remove sodden objects

Move damp carpets and furniture outside into the sun to lower the interior moisture. To encourage the most evaporation, remove any sheet vinyl or linoleum floors. Throw away damp floor insulation. 

Absorb moisture

Desiccants (silica gel, clay, and calcium oxide) are like sponges that can absorb moisture. Wet objects and water-permeable desiccant sachets should be stored in airtight containers or enclosed spaces, such as closets. Depending on how much an object has, it may take days or weeks for some desiccants to change color to signal they are saturated. 

Freeze papers

Put wet books and pictures in plastic bags and store them in a frost-free freezer to buy some time. This will halt further deterioration and inhibit mold and mildew from growing. Take books out of the freezer when you have time, and let the pages air or fan dry. 

Essential tips for drying out after major water damage:

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Extract

The most obvious initial step is calling an organization like ECO Cleaning & Restoration to extract as much water as possible. We use professional-grade vacuums and pumps to remove carpets, furniture, and floors. If you’re doing it yourself, a portable extraction unit (which you should be able to rent at a nearby hardware store) can also be helpful once most of the water has been removed with a wet vacuum. 

Remove

When mitigating an area, it’s essential to remove wet furniture and carpet. While some carpets can be dried and kept, you’ll need to discard them if a sewer backup causes your flood. In either case, this is typically a heavy job and is best left to the pros. 

Evaporate

During a flood, wood frames, subfloors, and drywall get saturated with water; it is crucial to quickly dry them out to prevent the development of bacteria and mold. Commercially available fans are useful, but experts often employ industrial air movers, which are significantly more powerful and aid in exponentially accelerating evaporation. 

Dehumidify

It’s crucial to get rid of any moisture in the air since evaporation raises humidity levels. The greatest dehumidifiers are industrial models since they operate more quickly and effectively. Opening doors and windows are fantastic if you live in a dry area where the outside humidity is lower than the inside, but make sure to close them if the outside humidity increases. 

Heat

If your furnace and air conditioning equipment are not flooded (which could lead to contamination), you can turn on the heat to speed up the drying process. The warm air helps things dry more rapidly. Remember that warm air will hold more moisture, so after the temperature reaches a certain point (say, 80 degrees), put on the air conditioner to chill the home down again.

Repeat this procedure until the house is dry. When coping with a flood’s aftermath, drying out is only a portion of the fight. The area must be thoroughly disinfected to stop mold formation and eliminate dangerous biological toxins and bacteria. 

Call us

Call us at (954) 427-7800 if you need assistance drying out your home after a flood. Our skilled, licensed water dryout technicians are available 24/7 and will help you restore your house back to normal as soon as possible.

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