Water can quickly cause severe damage to your home or business. When a storm comes through or a water pipe bursts, even a small amount of standing water can stain your upholstery, warp wood floors, cabinets, furniture, destroy drywall and rust metal in just a few hours. Not to mention, water can also cause hazards like mold and mildew or short out wiring which could cause electrocution or fires. Thankfully, Aqua-Tek knows a thing or two about water, the damage it can cause, and the best way to tackle this problem head on. Our Rapid-Response Team will painstakingly correct and prevent any water damage.
Broken water pipe? Flood? Backed-up sewer? Roof leak? Washing machine? Water bed?
We hope that water damage never strikes your home or building, but once water gets inside, it becomes our job to extract that water. (“Ex” means out, “Tract” means pull, like in tractor). We do physically pull that damaging water out of your structure, quickly, to minimize the degree of flooding.
Every water extraction situation is different and we adapt our approach for your particular situation. In general these are the main steps in water extraction.
- Water extraction begins by determining the source of the water
- Stop any more water from flooding or causing damage
- Turn off the water source if possible. In the case of river flooding, there may not be much we can do but advise you on insurance claims while we wait for the river level to drop. In the case of a backed-up city sewer line, it might be possible to plug the house drains to prevent more sewage from coming in. The actual water extraction process begins when we have no more water coming in.
- Handle electricity
- Wiring and wall outlets may be below water level, causing a danger of electrocution.
We may have to turn off power to the building to make it safe to walk in and work in.
- Water extraction – Pump out standing water
- Vacuum out moisture
Water extraction goes much faster by vacuuming out the water using extreme suction, compared to using air blowers and fans to slowly dry out the floors. Faster drying means much less water damage. We use industrial-strength super vacuum cleaners to suck up the last of the loose water from the floors. Then we bring in the extremely powerful suction machines like riding vacuum cleaners to wring moisture out of carpet. They compress the carpet and carpet pad to squeeze water out, then send it away through the vacuum hose. Depending on the types of carpet and carpet pad, the extreme suction machines may allow drying the carpet in place, saving the expense of replacement. This generally takes several passes over the whole wet carpet to suck out the moisture.
We also use traditional blowers and dehumidifiers to move moist air out of the building. The water extraction technology is constantly advancing and we keep up with the latest improvements.
After we have extracted water from the floors, we begin drying the structure. We can quickly return your house or business back to a dry and sanitary condition.