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How to clean up flood damage after Wichita storms?

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Equipment being used on a water restoration project. Most water restoration projects utilize air movers like seen in this picture.

Taking care of flood damage from storms requires water extraction, disinfectant application, moisture readings, and drying equipment.  

If you live in Wichita you are no stranger to powerful season storms. Oftentimes those storms cause flooding in basements around town and if that happens to you we have your back.  

Water that comes from the outside into your home is considered Category 2 water which is a rating of waters cleanliness; if you want to know more check out our blog here. With category 2 water we need to take certain measures, for example category 2 water is often more odorous than clean water and we handle that by applying a disinfectant which kills odor causing microbes which may have come in with the water. Additionally, in basements with carpets we typically will remove the carpet pad for sanitary reasons. After you call us for help here are some tips for you take until help arrives

Water Damage Restoration Tools

In the process of drying your property our trained technicians use many tools to inspect, dry and restore flood damage. In the inspection process we utilize tools such as:

  • Moisture meter: this can detect moisture in carpet which is useful because often the water goes further than you expect. By utilizing this tool we can find the borders of the water and plan our work accordingly and predict what furniture should be moved and where. 
  • Protimeter: we check your structure for moisture such as walls, cabinets, built ins or anything else which could be affected by water coming into. Often times water can travel up materials and the walls will be wet above the height of the water.
  • Thermal Hygrometer: This instrument allows us to take readings on the temperature, humidity and Grains per Pound in your home. Using these number we can evaluate what needs to be done to get your home into a atmosphere that will dry it.
  • Thermal camera: This is a great tool which can show us where water is using the temperature differential we observe in the camera. It is helpful when we need to locate water which might have gone in places you don’t expect. 

In order to dry out the damage we find we use:

  • Large Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers: these dehumidifiers can pump up to 110 pints per day out of the air in your home! They are a major element of nearly every water damage restoration project.
  • Desiccants: These are similar to dehumidifiers in that that remove humidity from the air but they do it with a different process and are utilized in environments where the temperature is lower.
  • Air Movers: Another common tool for almost every project air movers are basically very powerful fans which aid in drying down structures.
  • Specialty: We have a many types of specialty equipment that we can utilize depending on the situation. Whether it be drying our wood floors, ceramic tile, or materials that need over 160 degrees to dry we have got it.

If you ever need any of our services feel free to call our 24/7 emergency line at 316-684-6700.

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