Water damage is the most common form of property damage because of the numerous ways that it can occur. Water damage can happen due to natural causes, such as rain and flooding, and it can also happen due to internal causes, such as pipe bursts, appliance malfunctions, and sewage backups. Regardless of the cause of the water damage, water will spread throughout your home or business and cause warping, rotting and structural damage. If there’s enough water and time, the property damage can be so severe that it will threaten the structural integrity of your home or building.
Drywall, insulation, wood, and other porous building materials will absorb water and continue to do so until the water has been extracted and the water source has been properly dealt with. As time passes, these building materials will become increasingly structurally unstable due to the excessive amount of moisture.
The longer water is present, the higher the risk for mold growth in your property because moisture is a key component for mold growth. When mold is present in a home or building, it can cause health problems to anyone who has been exposed to the fungus. Mold growth can even worsen any structural damage. When mold grows on materials, it uses these materials as a food source which is why it can cause such serious damage.
Considering the amount of damage that water can cause your property, it is easy to see why water extraction is a key component for water damage restoration services.
To learn more about water extraction, continue reading for some frequently asked questions concerning water extraction, what water extraction entails, and why water extraction is an essential step in the water damage restoration process.
What is water extraction?
Water extraction is the removal of excess water and moisture from a home, business, or building. Water extraction is conducted to not only rid of the water but also to minimize the amount of water damage done to a home, business, and any contents inside of the property. The sooner you remove water from a property, the less damage the water can cause, and the greater chance there is for full restoration. Knowing this, it is best to extract any standing water as soon as possible. Water extraction also limits the potential for mold growth, which is a common occurrence in the aftermath of water damage.
How is water extraction different from water mitigation?
Water extraction and water mitigation are not the same thing. Water extraction is the mere removal of excess water and moisture from a property. Water mitigation, on the other hand, is a more thorough process of preventing water damage from becoming worse.
Furthermore, water mitigation begins with water removal but is not limited to just the removal of the water. The process of water mitigation often also includes the following:
- Resolving the water source
- Proper drying and dehumidification
- Getting rid of unsalvageable materials and structures
- Cleaning and disinfecting the property
- Replacing or restoring damaged materials
- Deodorizing the property
Can I conduct water extraction on my own?
While it is fine to mop up or blot dry small amounts of water yourself, performing water extraction on your own is not recommended unless you are a professional who has the proper training and equipment to perform the job. This is especially the case when there is a large amount of water involved, because you need equipment that can handle large volumes of water. Even if you have water extraction equipment, such as a water vacuum or pump, and feel you can manage the amount of water in your property, it can still be unsafe to extract the water on your own.
In some cases, such as in the aftermath of sewage backups or even natural flooding, the water involved in damaging your home or business can be contaminated with sewage. This water is filled with bacteria and pathogens that make coming into contact with such water hazardous for your health and well-being. Knowing this, it is best to have professional technicians take care of the water extraction themselves, because they will have the proper extraction equipment, protective gear, training, and knowledge to conduct the job in a safe, effective manner while minimizing health risks.
What should I do if my property needs water extraction?
In the event that your residential or commercial property has standing water and has suffered water damage, you must act immediately to prevent further damage from occurring. The first thing that must be done to restore your home and fix the damage is water extraction, as it is the key step in stopping the damage from worsening.
Get in touch with the professionals at ServiceMaster DAK for the comprehensive water damage cleanup services that we provide on a 24/7/365 basis by calling (847) 459-3900. We will begin our services with an initial inspection and assessment and then proceed by extracting standing water from your home or building.