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What Is Water Extraction?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
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Professional water extraction isn’t a single procedure; it’s a  critical step in the water mitigation process. After water damage strikes a home or other structure, the first priority is identifying the source of water and stopping it. After this is done, rapidly getting the water out of the house and identifying and drying residual moisture is central to minimizing further damage and preventing secondary issues like microbial growth. Water extraction is one part of the total water damage mitigation process.  which also includes the use of professional drying equipment, as well as state of the art moisture meters to ensure a home or building is properly dried. 

The water extraction process utilizes an array of professional equipment to track down all existing water and remove it quickly and efficiently.

  • Industrial strength vacuums. These units, often truck-mounted, incorporate powerful suction to pull water out of carpets  and other hard surface flooring 
  • High-volume submersible pumps. Where standing water is very deep, such as in a flooded basement, these pumps continuously remove large quantities of water into a plumbing drain or outside the house through a discharge pipe.
  • Dehumidification and air drying technology. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers are running continuously during the water extraction process to lower the water vapor content in the air and accelerate the drying process. High-speed air movers direct air across walls, floor surfaces, and carpets to enhance evaporation.
  • Water detection technology. While the water extraction process is underway, several devices may be utilized to continue tracking the presence of moisture inside the house and also confirm when the house is fully dried and meets industry specifications. These include hygrometers to measure indoor humidity and moisture meters to check for saturation inside building materials such as drywall. Infrared cameras are also utilized to identify water that has seeped behind walls and above the ceiling.  

What Is Water Extraction?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
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Water extraction is just one of the vital stages of a successful water damage recovery project. Once the first, most urgent concern—stopping the source of water—is accomplished, the next priority becomes water removal. This means removing deep standing water that may be present anywhere in the house (especially the basement), utilizing submersible pumps or other suction devices to pull out large amounts of water in a short period of time. After the major volume of floodwater is out of the house, water extraction comes next.

Getting All the Water Out

The water extraction process refers to the removal of residual water wherever it may have migrated inside the structure. This leftover water that has soaked into walls, floors, and ceilings, as well as materials like carpet and padding, can be a source of continuing damage to affected building materials, as well as a trigger for toxic mold growth. Removing all residual water is critical. It’s a process that requires professional equipment and procedures designed specifically for the purpose: 

  • Powerful truck-mounted vacuum water extraction equipment pulls residual water out of surfaces and absorbent materials. Portable extraction units are also utilized to reach smaller areas of the house.
  • Professional water extraction also includes technology such as hygrometers, moisture meters, and other accessories to locate and measure the amount of saturation.
  • Infrared imaging can be utilized to locate hidden water remaining inside areas such as wall voids or within the ceiling structure.   
  • Fast removal of residual water speeds the drying time of the interior which, in turn, inhibits mold contamination often associated with water damage.

After the Water’s Gone

Following comprehensive water extraction, the drying phase begins to eliminate trace moisture and high indoor humidity. This phase typically utilizes industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-volume air movers to speed evaporation of remaining moisture. If mold growth is possible, affected areas will receive disinfectant treatment as well as air sampling to detect the presence of airborne spores in the house.

Flood Cleanup: Professional Content Drying And Cleaning Methods

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

flooded homeContent drying and cleaning technology have raised water damage mitigation to a science. Today, a trained specialist armed with advanced methods makes recovery a precision process guided by exacting measurements with specialized equipment. This eliminates guesswork and produces a consistent, predictable outcome.

Water damage quickly expands away from the point where it originates inside a home, spreading liquid intrusion in often unpredictable ways. Effective water damage remediation requires use of advanced tools and expertise to accurately map moisture wherever it moves, then dry it to recognized industry standards.

Mapping Wetness

The drying process of wet areas can be tracked and verified at intervals utilizing moisture meters, thermo hygrometers, infrared imaging and other technology to evaluate moisture content and document its extent. These results are compared to a baseline reading to determine the degree of wetness at defined points in the process. This information guides the most effective methods for content drying and cleaning. It also helps evaluate the progress of drying as well as determining the point when the structure is dried to highest standards.

Drying And Cleaning

Professional methods of water damage remediation have advanced far beyond the do-it-yourselfer’s mop and bucket. Specialized hardware is now purpose-built for expedited content drying and cleaning. Examples of equipment now in use include:

  • Rapid suction extractors that take uncontaminated water out of carpeting in place, eliminating the need to strip out carpets and other flooring.
  • Low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers pull water vapor out of interior air, critical to prevent secondary moisture damage.
  • Submersible pumps remove deep accumulation of interior flooding such as inside basements.
  • Air movers circulate a high volume of air, efficiently directed to target specific walls, floors and other surfaces to accelerate drying.
  • Intra-wall drying utilizes small access holes behind baseboards to introduce forced air into wall cavities and dramatically cut drying time and the risk of mold contamination.

Time is of the essence after water damage to effectively eliminate moisture before permanent structural damage as well as toxic mold growth occurs. For more about the benefits of professional moisture content drying and cleaning, contact Rytech, Inc.

 

Understanding Rytech’s Flood Water Extraction Process

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

water extractionThe flood water extraction process is one of the most critical elements of successful water damage mitigation. The longer flood water remains inside a house, the deeper it migrates into the structure and the extent and severity of resultant damage expands. Once a home or commercial building is safe to enter after flooding, the flood water extraction process is an immediate priority.

  • Where standing water exists, pumping out the premises begins immediately. The cumulative weight of only a few feet of water — not unusual in a flooded basement — can be permanently damaging to the walls and foundation. Also, a body of water inside an enclosed structure becomes a source of water vapor that permeates the entire house, spreading secondary damage. Utilizing purpose-built pumps to move thousands of gallons per hour, standing water is quickly extracted to minimize damage.
  • Shallow water pooling on hard floor surfaces can be rapidly taken up with industrial water vacuums. This helps prevent penetration of water into the sub-floor, dislodging tile or other floor coverings as well as rotting wooden structures.
  • Carpets and pads can retain an enormous volume of absorbed water after a flood. In the past both carpets and pads were typically pulled up and removed from the house to expedite drying. Today, however, advanced water extraction technology can suck both carpet (and pads beneath) dry in place. These extraction machines compress the carpet to squeeze out residual water while also utilizing high suction pressure to remove it.
  • Specialized attachments for water extraction equipment suck moisture out of cracks and crevices. Through small access holes, this equipment can also remove water from wall cavities and other internal voids within the structure. To lower indoor humidity and accelerate the drying process, industrial dehumidifiers are running at all times.
  • After the main volume of flood water is extracted, technicians utilize moisture detection technology to hunt down and extract pockets of hidden residual water that could become trigger points for toxic mold growth and cause structural rot and degradation.

For more about the advanced flood water extraction process, contact the water damage professionals at Rytech, Inc.

 

Steps Homeowners Can Take to Prepare a Flooded Home for Water Extraction

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

flooded homeWhen there’s significant standing water after a flood or other inundation, it’s a matter for a qualified water damage recovery crew with the expertise and specialized equipment to do it safely. However, in the immediate aftermath, you can help mitigate long-term consequences by preparing for water extraction as soon as you arrange for professional intervention.

  • Turn off gas at the meter and electricity at the main electrical panel. If the source of water damage is a ruptured supply line, turn off the water to the house at the main shutoff valve.
  • Once it’s safe to enter flooded areas, remove as many loose floating objects as you can safely reach. Be aware that water-saturated items may be extremely heavy and hazardous to lift.
  • Go ahead and dispose of loose debris that’s ruined and can’t be salvaged.
  • Since flood water may contain biohazards and toxins, take measures to protect yourself from incidental contact by wearing goggles, gloves and breathing masks.
  • Stay aware of hazards such as sharp objects that may not be visible when reaching into standing water.
  • Outdoor trash and even live animals such as snakes may be swept into your home if the water damage is the result of localized storm flooding. Be alert to threats posed by these factors.
  • Don’t try to tackle heavy structural material such as wet drywall or sagging, saturated ceilings by yourself. Leave these to the professionals.

For more advice on preparing for water extraction to speed the recovery process, contact the water damage professionals at Rytech.

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Structural Drying: An Important Technique Used to Mitigate Water

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Structural DryingAfter the source of water intrusion is eliminated, structural drying becomes the next priority. Water damage is an ongoing process so remediation is time critical. The longer areas of the house remain wet, the greater the potential for permanent structural damage as well and the growth of toxic mold and other pathogens triggered by moisture. Fortunately, professional water damage recovery experts arrive with a variety of advanced methods to hasten the process of structural drying and clean-up.   (more…)