What Is Water Extraction?

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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.  

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