How Long Does It Take To Dry Out Water Damage?
When water damage happens, homeowners are often left wondering how long it takes to dry out a house after flooding.
The answer to this question is, “it depends.”
Drying out a home after water damage depends on several factors including the extent of the water intrusion, the size of the area affected, and the equipment used to help the drying process.
Left standing, water, and moisture can encourage mold growth in dark, wet, and warm areas.
This leads to an increased chance that your property could become unhealthy for those living in it. Removing moisture quickly and efficiently is the best way to ensure the safety of those who use your space.
As certified water mitigation and remediation specialists in Phoenix and Denver, HRS technicians are professionals at speeding the drying process. This leaves your property healthier and cleaner than when moisture is allowed to remain after a water intrusion.
Using the latest technology available to assess the water damage, remove standing water, and discover and dry remaining moisture, HRS’s team ensures that a property is ready for restoration quickly, but more importantly, safely.
When water leaks into your property or home, the professionals at HRS are ready to help.
How To Dry Out Water Damage
Searching online for tips on how to dry out water damage is one of the first acts of many who discover a water breach in their home. On the pages of Google, they find advice on stopping the leak and removing standing water.
Unfortunately, what many of the techniques detailed online fail to do is remove the deep-seated water penetration that, when missed, can lead to mold and bacteria growth — and potential health risks.
Removal of standing water and drying the obvious dampness is a good first step in cleaning up after a water emergency.
Once the standing water that is visible to the naked eye is gone, there is a need to remove all moisture in a space, using a professional water mitigation expert, like the certified and licensed HRS team, can ensure that a property is able to return fully to its pre-leak condition.
Stop The Leak
Identifying the source of the leak and stopping it is the first step in the water and mold mitigation process.
At HRS, our certified specialists quickly assess the situation as soon as they enter a space being affected by a water breach. This allows them to not only understand the damage that has occurred but identify the source of the breach and stop any water flow.
This important first step gets your property on the track to a fully restored state.
Remove The Water
After the breach has been cured and water is no longer flowing into a space, certified water mitigation experts begin the process of removing the water.
For HRS, this means employing high-powered truck-mounted extraction systems that remove not only standing water but the water that is hidden in areas such as deep carpet or insulation.
Thermal cameras offer an even deeper view of the moisture that remains after initial water has been removed.
To ensure that a property is able to fully dry and prepared for restoration, high-intensity air dryers and humidifiers are used by our professional water mitigation team.
Remove Furniture, Appliances, Etc.
Within minutes of the start of a water breach in your home, moisture-sensitive furniture and personal items can begin to swell and disfigure.
Papers, books, and even wooden furniture can soon become so damaged that they are unrepairable in a short time.
To avoid this type of damage, it is important to remove all furniture, appliances, and personal items from the affected space as quickly as possible.
Water mitigation experts, such as the IICRC certified specialists at HRS, know the time pressure that personal items face when exposed to water. Removing all affected personal property allows for cleaning, disinfecting, and repairing.
Dry Out The Area
After the water breach has been stopped, the standing water removed and all affected personal property removed from the space, the work of fully drying your property begins.
Using technology such as thermal cameras and high-powered air dryers, and humidifiers, water mitigation professionals can find remaining moisture and dry it.
This helps to protect your property from the dangers of mold beginning to grow, something can affect the health of those who live in the space.
Damage Evaluation & Mitigation
Assessing the damage to a property is one of the first steps taken by HRS’s skilled mitigation technicians. This allows them to determine exactly how long it will take to dry out water damage, and which, if any, personal items can be restored.
Mitigation efforts include removal, disinfection, and drying all elements of a space in preparation for the restoration process.
Water Damage Restoration
Water damage restoration happens after the affected space has been cleaned and dried.
Once that work is complete, our licensed water damage restoration contractors are able to begin the process of returning a property to its pre-affected state. This includes repair of interior and exterior spaces, including structural, electric, plumbing damage.
Working with your insurance company, our team is able to repair any personal items that are salvageable after a flooding event.
Safety Tips For Drying Out House
Cleaning, disinfecting, and drying out your home after a flood takes time, adherence to safety measures, and dedication to removing any moisture that remains.
Following safety guidelines will help ensure that if you decide to clean and dry your home, you will have the lowest chance of illness as a result of coming into contact with water-damaged property and mold.
Soon after the discovery of a water breach on your property, it is essential that you determine the location and cause of the leak and stop the water flow.
This action allows you to begin the cleanup process without the worry of additional damage being done by new water coming into the space.
Quick action can also help control the spread of mold which can begin to grow just 24-48 hours after a water leak.
Wear Protective Clothing
Mold and bacteria can hide on surfaces and in the chemicals in cleaning supplies you use to clean up after water damage has happened on your property. To shield yourself from the dangers of these hazards, it is advisable that you cover your eyes and body.
To protect yourself, it is important to wear pants, long sleeves, boots, and rubber gloves.
Buy goggles and an N-95 mask at the hardware store and use them when working in flooded areas or cleaning mold to protect your eye, nose, and lungs.
Carpet is one of the materials that can become severely damaged as a result of a water breach.
As a fiber product, water can cause it to swell and its dense fibers are a perfect place for mold to grow.
If you are unable to completely dry materials like carpet, it is best that they are thrown away rather than risk illness that can come when mold is able to thrive in moist areas.
Be Mindful Of Electricity
Water and electricity are a dangerous combination that, if allowed to come together, can end in injury or even death.
The risk of electrocution becomes heightened in areas of a property where standing water may rest near outlets, wiring, junction boxes, and plugged in personal items that have suffered damage as a result of a water breach.
Caution is key when water and electricity are evident in a space. For such cases, professional help may be required as certified water mitigation technicians have the training and tool needed to safely secure and dry a water-damaged property.
Why Choose HRS Restoration Services?
At HRS we know that the uncertainty of how long water damage restoration and mitigation takes can lead to stress for homeowners.
That’s why we certify and license our technicians and contractors, and respond quickly to every call.
When you contact us to clean and dry your home, you can trust that our years of experience and standard of care will be there as we bring your home back to its pre-damaged state.
Call HRS Restoration Services Today!
But sometimes restoration isn’t all that you need.
If you discover mold, suffer a fire, or other trauma to your property, we are here to help!
Reach out to our trained professionals today and we can return your space to the way it was before damage happened.
IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Formed nearly 40 years ago, it is a non-profit organization that establishes globally recognized standards for the cleaning and restoration industry, as well as providing certifications, journeyman and master designation, and education.
By choosing a firm with IICRC certified team members, you are assured the cleaning professionals have undergone rigorous training and will handle your disaster restoration with the highest standard of care.
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Figuring out what steps to take when disaster strikes can be a daunting task. HRS is here 24/7 to walk you through the process and bring your home or business back to habitable condition(s).
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