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Important Things To Know About Safe Water Removal In Jacksonville Beach Homes

1/28/2017 (Permalink)

When a home is hit by extensive flooding, the first place to bear the brunt of intruding water is the basement.

Safe Water Removal

When a home is hit by extensive flooding, the first place to bear the brunt of intruding water is the basement. This area is usually underground, so the floodwaters quickly enter even if they got into the house at a point higher up. It is one of the reasons why basements can be so difficult to maintain and keep dry. They are, essentially, at the mercy of external conditions.

Fortunately, they can be quickly emptied of standing water after a flood, as long as there are no major electrical hazards. At SERVPRO, we use motorized extractors for water removal in Jacksonville Beach homes. They are designed to pump large amounts of liquid out of affected spaces so that it can be safely disposed of elsewhere.

This guide to the basics of motorized water extraction will tell you a little bit about how we carry out this aspect of flood damage restoration.

Truck Mount Vs Portable
The SERVPRO technicians have access to a range of different sized pumps and extractors. The largest are mounted on trucks, but these are generally only employed in commercial and industrial environments when the affected space is much bigger than normal. In some rare instances, they have been used to empty homes of standing water when the volume is high and time is of the essence.

It is much more common for SERVPRO to use portable water extractors to tackle liquid in the basement. This is because they are more agile, easier to transport and position and they even fit into awkwardly shaped spaces. While extraction is only part of the restoration process, it must be completely thoroughly and efficiently before drying can begin.

Neutralizing Hazards
The biggest hazard when it comes to basements and floodwater is electricity. In most homes, the basement is where the breakers are; there’s always a risk of shock if you don't take the proper precautions. If your basement is flooded, we strongly recommend waiting for the SERVPRO team to arrive before attempting to make contact with any breaker switches. If your mains controls are above ground and you are sure that you can reach them safely, switch off the power to the house. This will reduce the risk of electrical items getting wet and causing sparks. It's not an excellent idea to try and move electrical items, even if you can do it safely, because movement may cause more damage.

SERVPRO of Jacksonville South is a locally based service for homeowners who need flood damage repairs quickly. No matter how extensive the problem, we can help you bring your home back to life and restore your furniture and personal items. Call us 24/7 at (904) 762-8066 today.

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