Water damage is incredibly common. Broken dishwashers, floods, major storms, leaks from laundry machines, problems with pipes, and clogged toilets are all sources of water damage. If your building experiences an issue that causes water damage, it can be tempting to try to clean up the mess on your own. You may wonder if you need to call someone: It’s just water, right?
In many cases, the answer is no. Water damage often requires the assistance of professionals. Even internal maintenance teams can struggle to fully restore buildings after an instance of water damage, and the results can be dangerous issues like mold and structural damage.
Professionals specializing in water damage restoration have years of experience, unique expertise, and access to equipment required to fix the many unexpected issues water damage causes. Using proper equipment fixes these problems in a cost-effective, safe, and timely manner.
Below are some of the most effective tools professionals use to restore buildings after water damage.
1. LGR dehumidifiers
Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers use advanced technology to achieve rapid drying. Once a conventional dehumidifier has already reduced humidity to around 30%, an LGR dehumidifier is used to finish the job. These dehumidifiers pre-cool the intake air, which leads to drier, more breathable air. They are also more energy efficient than regular dehumidifiers and restore affected areas faster.
2. Air movers
Air movers are the best way to dry carpet and other flooring affected by water damage. An air mover is not a fan: Fans fail to concentrate air movement at the ground level. These machines solve that problem. They blow air directly over the floor which causes water molecules to evaporate quickly. Professionals use air movers for cycles of thirty minutes. Within a few hours, most of the water is removed from the floor.
3. Moisture meters
Moisture meters provide water damage restoration professionals with two key pieces of information: First, they measure the severity of the situation in particular areas and second, they identify the source of the leak or burst. They also help by measuring moisture levels before and after water reduction tasks have taken place, allowing contractors to be sure the job is complete.
4. Air scrubbers
If left untreated for even a few days, water damage can lead to the growth of mold. Mold makes the air dangerous to breathe for anyone. It can be particularly dangerous for people with breathing conditions like asthma. Air scrubbers suck pollutants through a filter to clean the air. Using an air scrubber guarantees the air is safe and breathable after water damage has occurred.
5. Self-propelled dump containers
This last item does not help with the water removal process, but is still beneficial to have when dealing with water damage. It’s helpful because in most cases of water damage, there is excess debris and other various items that are damaged beyond repair and need to be removed from the job site. A self-propelled dump container makes disposal of these items easy and quick.
They also can be used to move air scrubbers, air blowers, and other equipment between floors.
Alpha Omega Uses the Right Equipment
Here at Alpha Omega, we aim to minimize the amount of time people must spend out of their homes and businesses. In order to get your life back to normal as safely as possible, we rely on the best tools in the industry to help us deliver high-quality service as quickly as possible.
If you live in southern Montana and you’ve recently been affected by water damage, call us today. We’ve got the gear, knowledge, and experience to make things right – right away.