Why is it so important to contact water mitigation experts when you have floodwaters in your home? Can’t you just get down there with a bucket and start bailing it out? Is it really that big a deal to get water out of your basement?
Turns out it is! Getting water from a basement is a much bigger deal than most people realize until they try it themselves and give up, only to call a water removal company like AW Plumbing, Septic, & Water Mitigation. Here are the primary reasons to leave it to the experts.
It’s Always Has To Go Up
Thanks to gravity, getting water down is pretty easy. If the water is on the top floor of a building (unlikely, but if) then bailing it out or using a pump is pretty easy. Down it goes.
But when we’re called for water mitigation, 99 times out of 100 it’s about getting the water up and out of a basement. Which can difficult, because…
Water is Heavy!
At about eight pounds a gallon, water gets very heavy very fast. Sure, if you’re filling milk jugs one gallon at a time, you can get all of the water in your basement out…in a couple of weeks! Most basements experience hundreds of gallons of water damage, so getting it out a gallon at a time is incredibly inefficient. Even filling five-gallon buckets will tire people out quickly, considering it means carrying 40 pounds of water with each trip up the stairs.
The Water Has To Go Somewhere
When water mitigation occurs, the water doesn’t just disappear; it has to go somewhere. If the flooding occured because of rainwater, the yard is saturated and can no longer take any more water. We’ve seen people try to do their own water mitigation, only to have the water they just pumped out comes right back into their basement!
Water Might Be Contaminated
The water that has flooded your home could have contaminants in it. The most obvious contaminant (and the grossest) is sewage, which might have come up from the toilet or have been introduced with the floodwaters contaminated from other people’s sewer lines. Floodwaters can also contain oils and pesticides, so it’s best to leave the cleanup to the professional water remediators.
No Water Doesn’t Mean No Moisture
Once the water is gone, there’s still quite a bit of moisture in the treated area. Concrete is very porous, so the water it has absorbed has to be dried out so that mold doesn’t start to form. The same holds true for any carpet, wood, and drywall that was touched by the water. We’ll make sure that it’s not just the water that’s removed, but also the excess moisture.
Contact Your Water Removal Experts!
At AW Plumbing, Septic, & Water Mitigation, we know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to getting rid of the water that’s in the basement. That’s why people call us to take care of their water removal, whether it’s an emergency or not. When you need the best in water removal, contact us!