Complete, fast, and safe water removal from you home may require a lot of determination, time, and sometimes money as well.Luckily, water extraction equipment can make this task and, thus, your life a lot easier.
There are many different kinds of water extraction equipment, and it’s not worth going too much into detail about their differences. They can be of different size, power and price, including huge machines that are powerful to the extreme and require a professional driver to operate. As usually, the exact machine that you need is up to just three main issues: the type of housing that needs to be cleaned off of water, the extent to which it has been damaged, and your budget (powerful, complex machines are very expensive, even if you just rent them).
First thing to know is carpets and floors require different treatment. For both surfaces, it’s best to have a water removal specialist to guide you through the process or simply help you out with an advice. Both, poor water extraction equipment choice and poor implementation of the water removal procedures can increase the duration of the drying process substantially. This may result in a loss of house furniture and flooring that could otherwise be salvaged.
More often than not carpets are extremely hard to clean off of big amounts of water. What’s more, they may not even retain their natural look and quality once cleaned. You may be advised to get rid of the carpet the condition of which is truly poor. However, it may be possible to restore it completely if you follow these instructions:
- Carpet is first handled with a light wand and a squeegee wand on hard floors. These wands are attached to a suction part of the extraction unit. There are two main kinds of extraction units- truck-mounted and portable. The choice of the unit is down to the unique conditions of the extraction project.
- Then self-propelled rollers or pressure extractors are used to complete the task. They are great in pulling water from the carpet and other objects made of fabrics. These machines seem to be similar to vacuum cleaner. The difference is, they are much more powerful and were specifically designed to remove water from separate threads rather than the whole object. These devices are powerful enough to get rid of an extra 10-20% of water compared to the first stage of the extraction. They won’t leave your carpet completely dry, but they do a great job in considerably reducing drying times.
Wooden floors are very tricky as water often becomes stuck under and/or between the planks. There may be some amounts of water under the floors, and it needs to be removed first as well. There is water extraction equipment to remove water from wherever it’s been trapped.
- Any water left on the top of the floor is cleaned with a light squeegee wand.
- Squeegee wand is utilized again to partially extract water from below the floors. It is then followed by a water separator, a mat system, and other specialized drying equipment.
- The final touch includes fan or dryer treatment, usually at cool mode to avoid additional damage from wood heating up and absorbing more water.