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How do Professionals Remove Water from Flood Damaged Wilmington Homes?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech using water removal equipment in flooded home Floods are devastating. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective water removal.

Dealing with Volume During Flood Water Extraction from Affected Wilmington Properties

 Flooding incidents can leave a significant amount of water in your Wilmington property. Extracting such water poses different challenges, yet it is essential for the recovery process. Professional restorers such as SERVPRO use diverse strategies to achieve the intended goal.

Letting the water drain out

There is a need to think of the water source for successful floodwater extraction from affected Wilmington houses. If the water outside the building is yet to recede, any extraction effort is likely to be futile. Our SERVPRO technicians leave water levels to subside before starting any removal processes. As we wait for the water to drain out, we can take other remedial actions such as moving vulnerable items to higher levels within the structure, limiting exposure to water.

High capacity pumps

Often, a significant volume of water is left inside the structure even after groundwater outside the structure subsides. High capacity pumps can help remove such water within a short period compared to using mops and buckets. Our SERVPRO technicians mostly rely on centrifugal pumps, which convert rotational energy from a motor to an energy that can move fluid. Apart from the volume of water, there are other challenging aspects since the water might contain solids, or the disposal point located far from the extraction point. We use specialized pumps to tackle individual challenges. For example, self-priming trash pumps remove water with solids conveniently, while high-pressure pumps have high lift capacity perfect for pumping out underground structures.

Controlled demolition

Considerable amounts of water find a way into cavities such as walls within the house. Demolishing the entire wall or leaving the water in place are not viable solutions. Our SERVPRO technicians perform controlled demolition steps, such as making flood cuts or punching vent holes to release the water conveniently. Such measures also help us deal with the moisture absorbed by semi-porous materials such as wood since we can circulate air conveniently around the affected areas boosting evaporation rates.

High volumes of water can complicate the restoration of the flooded property. Call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 to help. We are faster to any size disaster.

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