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Extracting water after flooding damage in your home

Updated: Jun 8


If this is your first time experiencing water damage in your South Hill home, we want to help you better understand what to expect and how to achieve a positive outcome throughout the insurance claims process. When water floods your home or business, you likely will feel a sense of losing control of your environment. At Advanced Restoration Environmental Services (ARES) we are committed to Giving You Back Your Home by empowering you to regain your sense of control during this harrowing life event. Use these ARES tips to help you better respond to water flooding damage in your home or business in South Hill. Everyone wants a good excuse to browse the isles of the nearest home improvement store. One tool that is good to have in your arsenal as a homeowner is a quality shop vacuum (aka shop vac) that is able to perform both wet and dry suction.


Dry vacuuming water damage debris with a shop vac


In the event that you are unaware of how to use this tool, often dry vacuuming is completed with a filter in the unit and a bag to reduce the dust. Dry applications include cleaning up after construction or remodeling activities, such as sawdust or general debris. A good shop vacuum can gather anything from spilled cereal, to legos, to stinky socks that have been under your couch for weeks. If you alternate between using the vacuum for wet and dry applications, be careful not to put the filter back in while the tank is wet. A wet filter will be ineffective at capturing particulate, can create an environment attractive to microbial growth, and could impact your tools longevity.


Wet vacuuming flooding damage with a shop vac


If you take the filter and the bag out, you usually can utilize your shop vac for wet vacuuming as well. Most units have a ball valve that stops the unit when it is full. If the toilet overflows or there is standing water near your dishwasher, a shop vac with wet extraction capabilities can be a life saver. Housewire has created some simple instructions for how to safely use your wet-dry unit to vacuum water in your home, which include:

  • Do not keep picking up water after you hear a high-pitched sound from the shop vac. Doing so can result in damage to the motor.

  • Before emptying the tank, unplug the vac. Keep in mind that the tank may be heavy, depending on the amount of water you’ve cleaned. Be careful not to hurt yourself while emptying the tank.


When further water flooding damage extraction is needed


It may be recommended to contact your local insurance agent to discuss your water damage event with them. Many local insurance agents have qualified contacts for water damage contractors who may be able to assist you with further assessing the extent of the damages to your home in Graham. Property restoration contractors can make a recommendation on further course of remedial (mitigation) action. A quality local water damage restoration contractor will utilize moisture meters to help you determine whether further extraction and/or drying services are necessary.


Flood water damage repairs in Graham


Advanced Restoration Environmental Services (ARES) are the experts in helping you navigate the insurance claim repairs process in the event of damage to your home or business from fire or flooding. Our team has been working with South Hill homeowners to empower you in the process of Giving You Back Your Home. At ARES, we take our time to capture the details of your unique project, compose an accurate estimate for your insurance company, and put a plan in place that will lead us to success in restoring your home. We take pride in the quality of our work and our ability to guide you through a difficult process with a positive customer experience. Our water damage repairs process includes:

  • Detailed Damage Inspections. Our ARES team takes our time to thoroughly gather details from the project outset.

  • Accurate Repair Estimates. Our ARES team works with your insurance carrier to ensure a quality agreed-upon scope of work.

  • Quality Restoration Process. Our ARES team seeks to exceed industry standards as we do things the right way in restoring your home or business.

  • The Finishing Touches. Our ARES team will see your project through from start to finish as we achieve our mission of Giving You Back Your Home.

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