Removing the water from a flooded carpet or flooded basement is one of the first steps in the water damage restoration process. But even this step can be pointless unless you have discovered the source of the flood water. Even if you think it is from ground water you should still check the water heater to make sure that you do not have a broken pipe. If the water is ground water, it may be pointless to perform water extraction. You may need to install a sump pump or at least install a too the floor utility pump. We use a nice little pump that eliminates most wet vacuuming; it is a Simer model 2300. This pump will remove water right down to the floor. With a sump pump hose this is one of the best ways to perform water removal in a flooded basement.
Once you have stopped the water from coming in then removing water from the wet carpet and pad is the next step. If you are not saving the carpet then you can use, a wet vac, It will take a lot of trips and you will have to haul the heavy buckets out of the basement by hand. Or just cut the carpet up and set the pieces to drain near the pump.
Professionals have powerful equipment that does a better job and removes more of the water. You need to make sure that all water is removed to speed the drying process and not promote the growth of mold.
Special attention has to be made to the walls, if you do not remove all the water out of the wall voids, hidden mold will grow in the walls. If the standing water reached a level of 1.5 inches deep or more then there is going to be saturated insulation in the walls. As well as wicking moisture that goes up the sheetrock approximately 3-6 inches per day that moisture is still in contact with the wall.
This hidden moisture in the walls will feed moisture to the back of the Sheetrock or drywall until it is all dry. The wicking can go up the wall for 3 weeks or more. Mold can start growing in 3 days, and it grows way better behind the wall. A wall wet from a flooded basement can have water wick up the drywall 3-5 feet high. This is where water removal done wrong can promote hidden mold damage.
Even just damp carpet can supply enough moisture to the wall that wicking can reach a height of 5 feet high. So it is critical to remove all the water from the carpet, the pad, and what ever water may be hidden in the walls.
Complete water removal from all of the structure as well as a thorough dry out is the best way to prevent mold damage.
Just because you cannot see any mold damage does not mean you are safe. Do a good job. Protect yourself, do not scimp when it comes to water removal, it is very important.
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