When flooding occurs, there is little to no time to react, and you find yourself in a situation that requires immediate attention. 24/7 Water Removal specializes in emergency water removal service, the key first step in water damage restoration.
With an old city comes old pipes, and in Los Angeles, homes and businesses are susceptible to faulty plumbing, which can lead to water leakage and more serious flooding.
Identify and learn any weaknesses in your structure, as well as the potential for these weaknesses to be exploited by damage, and be sure to have a water damage professional on standby to help with any water removal needs.
Reasons for Water Removal
Rainfall is the cause of only half of flooding cases in the United States, so even in dry areas like Ventura County’s Ojai, flooding can still be a problem. An influx of water into your home or business can happen for any number of reasons: a burst pipe, a washing machine malfunction or a toilet overflow. Regardless of the cause, excess water can have serious adverse effects and cause water damage very quickly, and having a reliable water cleanup service is imperative.
Water damage can cause wood floors to rot, destroy furniture and personal belongings, and even compromise the structural stability of a building. Left untreated, a water emergency can quickly create an environment for mold to grow and pose a serious health hazard to your family’s health.
The Water Removal Process
Now that the environment is safe, the water removal process can begin. The primary equipment used for water removal is a water pump. This will be a slow, deliberate process due to water pressure on the other side of the basement walls, and you will want to avoid the walls from cracking. A water removal professional proceed as follows:
- The first day, pump out a third of the water. Wait until the next day to make sure no more water is leaking from outside.
- The following day, pump another third of the water from the affected area. This process can take several days if water is continually seeping in from the outside.
- If, throughout the process, the walls in your structure begin to buckle or crack, stop pumping. This is evidence that water outside has not drained properly and placing extreme pressure on the home.
As the process of water removal is finished, it will be time to clean up the mess left behind. Start by eliminating mud and debris with shovels, and be sure to protect hands with gloves during this process. You may also need to power wash the walls, and sanitize the floors in cases of sewage entering the area.
Water removal technicians may employ other tools, such as soppers, squeegees, puddle pillows, and sponge rollers.
Water Removal Safety
If you find yourself with a flooded basement, getting rid of excessive amounts of water is an unenviable task, and one that should most definitely not be taken lightly. A qualified water removal specialist will be sure to make safety a priority, and follow these guidelines for water removal safety.
- First, examine the exterior for downed power lines or visible gas leaks, and report any findings to the utility department.
- Next, check for standing water. If standing water is present, do not enter the structure. Contact a building inspector before proceeding.
- If no standing water is present, proceed inside and turn off electricity by accessing the circuit breaker and fuse box from a safe, dry location. If needed, use a stick or long, sturdy handle to reach levers and switches and set them to the “off” position.
- Next, locate the natural gas or propane valve and use a pipe wrench to cut the gas.
- Open windows and doors to ventilate the home.