If your home is affected by water damage, you are probably thinking: “Oh no!!! Why me?” Next, you might be thinking “I can probably watch some YouTube videos and figure out how to take care of this problem myself”.
The only problem, however, is that without having the proper assessment equipment and without utilizing the proper drying equipment, you might end up making the same mistakes that many other homeowners have made, which is removing only the standing water you can see and neglecting to assess the moisture that is still within the structure of the home.
Just because a surface looks or feels “dry to touch”, it does not mean that the area is properly dry. Having the area professionally dried might end up saving you THOUSANDS of dollars in the end, because leaving moisture trapped inside the walls of your home or underneath the carpets and floors can provide the perfect environment for mold to develop over time. If you leave the area untreated, many times you will find large areas of mold growth underneath carpets, underneath wood floors, inside drywall and behind cabinets. Increased moisture in the air after an indoor flood can also cause secondary damage to wood, books, artwork and other items, so thorough drying and de-humidification by a professional company like BioSweep Southeast are critical.
How our water extraction services work
So here are some of the things that the experts at BioSweep Southeast will do: site evaluation, water extraction, measuring moisture levels, environmental stabilization, and documentation.
What kind of water are you dealing with? Clean water is considered Category 1 within the industry. Water that has come from a contaminated source, or through contamination is considered to be Category 3 or Black Water. Please note that contaminated water sources require special precautions, personal protection gear and special containment precautions to keep your whole house from being contaminated. Best to use a professional company like BioSweep Southeast. Also be aware of any visible mold or mildew smell. If you smell it, it is there.
Sometimes vacuums and shop vacs will not be enough to dry a large area. Typically, you need to find a water extraction professional to help you salvage what can be salvaged and to properly remove and dispose of things that are too damaged to be saved, like: carpet and carpet padding, wood floors, drywall, etc.
Measuring Moisture Levels
In order to truly know when you have dried your house efficiently, you must first know what areas are still moist. You will need a moisture meter which you can get from a variety of different manufactures, but be prepared to be on your hands and knees for an extended period of time locating EVERY wet area in your structure. These locations need to be tracked daily by our BioSweep team.
Environmental Stabilization – Dehumidifiers and Air Movers.
You must have enough of both dehumidification and air movement and they must be in balance or you can waste a lot of time and money and have a mold problem later. Unfortunately, this happens all the time. We know, because we are the mold remediation specialists. Typically, it is much cheaper to have it done right by a professional in the first place.
All of the moisture levels in materials and vapor levels in the air must be monitored daily and until they reach their pre-loss levels (also known as the Dry Standard). It is worth noting that insurance companies have VERY strong opinions about how drying is performed and if you make a mess, they will likely not pay you for your claim. Remember, if it is not documented, it’s like it never even happened.
If you are overwhelmed and need help, just give our BioSweep team a call. We are happy to answer your questions and give you the professional help you need.
Call us at (843)375-6627