Understanding Rytech’s Flood Water Extraction Process

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.


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