If your home is flooded due to severe weather or plumbing failure, it’s important to remedy the situation as soon as possible. Flooding can quickly cause water damage to carpet, walls, and ceilings. It is nearly impossible for a homeowner to remove all the water and dry the floors and walls completely. If you have a flooding issue, it is wise to call a professional company to fix the problem as soon as possible.
Removing Water from Carpet
Water damage to a carpet is one of the biggest issues when your home is flooded. The carpet and the carpet pad both soak up water quickly and retain it unless strong methods are used to remove the water and make the surfaces completely dry. The carpet pad is also a breeding ground for mold when moisture is present.
A professional water removal company will use high-tech methods such as a heavy-duty extractor and water claw to remove the water from the carpet and pad as quickly and thoroughly as possible. The heated air currents remove moisture through evaporation. Usually dehumidifiers are used in the home as well to remove excess moisture from the air, which helps the carpet dry more quickly.
Removing Water from Walls and Ceilings
Because plumbing equipment resides within walls and above ceilings, a leak can quickly lead to water damage in your walls and ceilings. Part of the process of drying walls and ceilings is to first build containment barriers that prevent the water from traveling further. It’s also important to take steps to ensure complete drying will take place. Latex paint can hinder the drying process so it is sometimes necessary to remove baseboards and drill small holes to dry the moisture from the back of the wall. As with carpet, the rest of the moisture is removed through heat, evaporation, and dehumidification.