Unfortunately for homeowners and property managers, flooding is fairly common in McHenry County, IL. And, sometimes, there’s not a lot that can be done to stop it.
No matter how well-maintained a property may be, various sources, such as broken dishwashers, storms, leaks from laundry machines, pipe issues and clogged toilets can all lead to flood damage.
While it may be tempting to attempt DIY flood restoration, seeking professional help is often necessary.
Water damage restoration professionals have years of experience, unique expertise, and access to specialized equipment needed to address the unexpected and potentially dangerous problems that flooding can cause, such as mold and structural damage.
Professionals use a range of effective tools to restore buildings after a flood. Below are some examples.
1) Professional dehumidifiers
A crucial component in flood restoration, specifically the water removal and drying process, is the dehumidifier. This aids in reducing the risk of mold, mildew and other moisture-related problems by extracting excess moisture from the air.
Dehumidifiers operate by cooling the air with refrigerated coils, causing the water vapor to condense. The moisture-laden air enters the dehumidifier, where it is cooled below its dew point and releases the moisture onto ultra-cold coils. The dry air is then heated by a heat pump, preventing frost from forming on the coils, before being discharged from the device.
While store-bought (or rented) dehumidifiers are available, professional water removal firms use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers for rapid drying once a conventional dehumidifier has already reduced humidity to around 30%.
They pre-cool the intake air, which leads to drier, more breathable air. They’re also more energy efficient than regular dehumidifiers and restore affected areas faster.
2) Air movers
Many people mistakenly believe that “air mover” is simply a more sophisticated term for “fan,” but this is not accurate.
When it comes to drying water-damaged flooring, such as carpets, air movers are considered the most efficient option. Unlike fans, air movers can direct airflow specifically towards the ground level, which results in the speedy evaporation of water molecules.
Professionals typically use air movers in thirty-minute intervals to expedite water removal from the flooring. After just a few hours of use, most of the moisture can be extracted from the floor.
3) Moisture meters and thermal imaging
Following a flood, professional water damage restoration experts utilize various instruments to detect the presence of moisture, which may not be immediately visible to the naked eye.
Thermal imaging is one such tool that can identify subtle temperature differences and patterns that suggest the presence of water.
While thermal cameras cannot visually detect moisture inside walls, when used in conjunction with moisture meters, they can confirm the presence of hidden water and moisture issues without the need for invasive testing, including breaking open walls unnecessarily.
Moisture meters allow professionals to gauge the extent of the damage in specific areas and pinpoint the source of any leaks or bursts.
4) Air scrubbers
If not addressed promptly, flood water can lead to the growth of mold within a matter of days.
Mold can pollute the air, creating a hazardous environment for all individuals and particularly dangerous for those with respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies.
To eliminate pollutants and improve air quality, air scrubbers draw in impurities through a filter. After water damage, utilizing an air scrubber can help purify the air and make it safe to breathe again.
5) Humidity meters
Humidity meters are utilized to assess the progress of property restoration and ensure that it is completely dry and safe for occupancy once again.
These meters not only indicate if the conditions are still conducive or, even better, unfavorable for mold growth, but they also aid in monitoring the efficacy of the drying process and ensuring that moisture levels are reduced to safe and optimal levels.
Excel Fire And Water Damage Restoration Services, fully equipped for all flood restoration projects
If a property is flooded, Excel Fire And Water Damage Restoration Services has all of the tools necessary to clear up the water and restore normality as soon as possible. We take advantage of easy access to top-of-the-line equipment to deliver efficient and high-quality services.
Our goal is always to reduce the time individuals are displaced from their homes and businesses. To do so, we offer quick response times and use our expertise to assess the scene and devise an action plan promptly.
For those residing in McHenry County, IL, who have been impacted by water damage, Excel Fire And Water Damage Restoration Services can provide prompt and reliable assistance, ensuring that clients can resume their normal routine as safely and quickly as possible.
Call us now on (866) 377-0034 for more information about our flood restoration process and for a consultation.