Water Damage Restoration in Gilbert, AZ
24-Hour Emergency Water Cleanup & Repair Services
Response is key in water damage related issues. If your property has been affected by water damage, the response time is key. Whether you’ve experienced a flood, a burst pipe, or a leak, water damage can take place in different ways, but it’s always important to seek restoration services immediately. There are the practicalities, such as lost income or a home that is inhabitable, that make removing the water as soon as possible necessary. If you don’t call the water damage restoration team at Element Restoration as quickly as possible, you run the following risks:
- Structural damage: Water is among the most damaging substances to indoor fixtures and materials.
- Contamination: Depending on the origin of the water, bacteria that can cause serious health issues could be present.
- Mold: Even in areas of low humidity, the presence of standing water provides the perfect breeding ground for mold.
These issues could also run the risk of leading into serious health hazards, which is why you should call our team of flood repair experts in Gilbert within the hour to minimize the damage!
Our Water Restoration Process
At Element Restoration, our water and flood damage restoration experts are available 24/7 with the shortest response time possible. We completely understand the pressing time sensitivity of issues like this, which is why we work around the clock to restore your home or organization. We use state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques to have your home looking just like it did before—if not even better! No matter how complex the issue at hand is, we will take care of it. With our many years of experience, we can handle black water cleanup, water damage remediation, fungus and mold decontamination, toilet overflow, and much more—no need to worry! Our Gilbert water extraction team will help you start fresh, as quickly and professionally as possible!
- Inspection: When your water damage restoration team arrives on site, an initial inspection of the premises will be undertaken. We start with a visual inspection to find the source of the leak, if necessary, and then look for hazardous conditions and assess the moisture levels with the latest technology.
- Water extraction: We’ll devise a customized plan to get rid of the excess water, depending on the extent of the water damage. We may use vacuums, submersible pumps, sub-surface and weighted extraction, and light wand extraction to extract, remove, and dry out your home. If necessary, we’ll remove the contents of the building and put them into storage.
- Preparing the area before equipment setup: We make sure the area is prepared before beginning the water extraction for the best result. This includes carpet and baseboard removal, removing toe kicks, and perforating painted surfaces for increased ventilation.
- Placing the drying equipment: Depending on the extent of the damage and where the water damage took place, we use different kinds of equipment to dry your flooded property, including LGR dehumidifiers, wall cavity drying systems, and heat drying systems. We may also use a combination of the equipment for different areas!
- Monitoring progress and process: Each day our technicians will return to measure the moisture content, take readings, and document changes in readings and adjust as necessary.
After the initial assessment, our water damage restoration professionals can devise a plan for extracting and removing any standing or excess water. Depending on the extent of the water damage, the premises might need to be vacated during the water removal process. In addition, the contents of the building might need to be removed and put into storage or elevated off the floor at minimum. The following tools and machines are typically used during this process.
- Vacuums: Heavy extraction situations are typically done with a truck-mounted water vacuum. For smaller instances of water damage, or as a final cleanup, a specialized vacuum that is high-powered and designed to extract water from both porous and non-porous surfaces is often used.
- Submersible pumps: When standing water is too great of a volume to be effectively vacuumed, submersible pumps provide a powerful alternative. Flooded basements are often a place where a submersible pump becomes the tool of choice.
- Sub-surface and weighted extraction: These extraction tools use body weight (plus the weight of the tool) to aid in the removal of water from carpet padding.
- Light wand extraction: By relying on compression, light wand extractors enable air to effectively circulate throughout carpet fibers, aiding in the drying process.
Preparing the Area Before Setting up Equipment
Ensuring that the area is suitably prepared before beginning the extraction of water adds to its success of this process. Although our first goal is to restore with minimal secondary damage, some of the following preparations may be needed to effectively dry a flooded structure:
- Removing or detaching baseboards
- Drilling holes in toe kicks or removing them completely
- Removing drywall or perforating the painted (or wallpapered) surface to allow adequate ventilation for proper drying
Placing the Drying Equipment
The proper drying equipment depends on a number of factors including the extent of the damage, its location within the building and the type of materials affected. Some of the basic equipment used to dry a flooded property is as follows:
- LGR dehumidifiers reduce the humidity associated with standing water. They also effectively remove more water than non-LGR units and tend to use less electricity.
- Wall cavity drying systems often use hot air and can also dry hardwood floors.
- Low amp axial and centrifugal air movers are the ideal solution when drying drywall and carpet. In addition to being low amp, they can also be daisy chained together to allow for optimal power distribution.
- Heat drying systems are perfect for drying materials such as hardwood flooring and concrete, and can also accomplish drying a structure more quickly. These units are also handy when drying structures in colder climates as heat is an important element in the drying process.
Monitoring the Progress and Process
Each day, technicians return to the site to:
- Measure moisture content of the affected structural materials
- Take psychrometric readings
- Document changes in air readings, moisture content of affected materials, and location/amount of equipment on site via a daily log and make adjustments as needed
Once ALL the impacted structural materials have returned to the “dry standard” moisture content for that particular material, the drying portion of the project is considered complete.