When your home has standing water from a pipe leak, you may be tempted to tackle the cleanup process yourself. But unless the water damage is in a very small area, it's usually best to bring in a water damage professional. One reason for that is because of all the specialty equipment that is needed. Although you can rent some things, you'd need to buy others for a one-time use and that would cause your expenses to escalate. Here are some examples of the equipment and supplies a contractor needs to clean up water damage.
The problem with water is that it goes everywhere. It flows behind walls, soaks into drywall, and seeps under the floor. Since you can't see into those places, the best way to tell what is soaked with water is to use a moisture meter. This small device detects hidden moisture in organic material such as wood, drywall, and carpet. A contractor uses this to locate areas with the most water saturation so these can be worked on first before mold sets in. The meter is used throughout the cleanup process and at the end of the job to make sure all moisture is gone before the work is considered complete.
Cleaning up water, even from a clean source, is dangerous work. Water could be contaminated with sewer contents, chemicals from an outside lawn, or microbes from a nearby river. If the water comes from an indoor pipe, it only stays clean a short time before it picks up contaminants. Therefore, it's best for the crew to use safety equipment when working in standing water. That includes rubber boots, rubber gloves, goggles, and protective clothing. A breathing mask may be necessary too.
Standing water makes the humidity in your house skyrocket. This encourages mold to grow. The water cleanup process entails using chemicals that kill mold and other microbes in the water. If the water contains sewer contents, your home needs to be cleaned aggressively with strong chemicals so it doesn't become a health hazard. A restoration professional understands which chemicals are needed, and he or she knows how to use them safely so your home is safe from microbes but not contaminated with chemicals when the job is done.
Powerful industrial-strength water extraction and drying equipment is needed to pull all the water out of your house. The contractor may need to bring in water pumps and huge drying fans. Special water extractors are needed to compress the carpet to squeeze out water so it can be vacuumed out. Extraction wands may be needed to get water out of walls and upholstery. Heavy-duty dehumidifiers may be necessary for a few days to completely dry out your home once most of the physical work is completed.
In addition to all this, specialty tools may be needed for demolition of drywall and rotted wood. Once destroyed materials are removed, they are replaced with new building materials, which takes some experience and skill. So bringing in a professional water cleanup crew is not only helpful because of all the equipment they provide; having an experienced and skilled crew ensures the job is done safely and done right. Contact a company like Complete Restoration Services to learn more.