Flooded basements are a nightmare that seems to never end. Between stopping the water and cleaning up the mess, homeowners may quickly find themselves drowning in the process. A professional basement water extraction service can handle the entire situation for you. Still, the harsh chemicals and methods they use may leave you worrying about the safety of your home and family. Here’s how basement water extraction works and why eco-friendly solutions are better for you and your home.
What Is Water Extraction?
Water extraction is the act of removing water from a flooded area. Professionals often use it to fix flooded basements. Proper water extraction removes 99% of standing water from a flooded space. Extraction is generally the second step in the water mitigation process. Usually, water extraction starts after the water source is handled.
How Do Eco-Friendly Professionals Extract Water?
Eco-friendly basement water extraction experts like Green Genie Environmental remove water in similar ways to traditional extraction services. Professionals use a variety of tools and techniques to extract standing water from a flooded area, including:
- Industrial Shop Vacuums
The “shop vac” or wet/dry vacuum is a powerful tool that professionals use to remove water. Not only do these vacuums clean dry materials, but they can also remove and clean up wet materials.
Humidity is a common result of flooding. For the purpose of reducing humidity, professional water extraction services will use dehumidifiers.
- Sump Pumps
Professionals also use sump pumps to remove large quantities of water. Portable sump pumps use a home’s plumbing system to move water out of a home.
- Air Movers
In addition to pumps, professionals use air movers – essentially large fans – to help dry out flooded areas.
- Moisture Detection Technology
During the basement water extraction process, moisture meters measure the humidity and moisture in a home until moisture reaches a safe level.
What Is the Difference Between Traditional and Eco-Friendly Basement Water Extraction?
After water extraction ends, the process continues with cleaning and sanitizing the flooded area. This step is essential to preventing secondary damage development, like mold damage, drywall, flooring, and house materials. Additionally, depending on the source of the flooding, sanitization is necessary to kill any growing microorganisms, mold spores, or germs that have developed with the moisture.
Generally, the biggest difference between traditional and eco-friendly water extraction companies is their cleaning method. Traditional services often use toxic chemicals and cleaners. These do get rid of any water-borne mold or bacteria, but with consequences. As a result of their use, your family is exposed to these chemicals. In addition, these chemicals have side effects, ranging from breathing problems to skin irritation and illness. Additionally, harsh chemicals are bad for the environment.
Unlike traditional services, at Green Genie Environmental, we use green anti-microbial solutions and cleaning products. Our products do not put your family at risk of breathing issues, irritation, or other health risks. Our products are designed not to harm the environment, and we refuse to sacrifice quality and safety for inexpensive corrosive chemicals.
If you are experiencing a water damage emergency, give us a call at Green Genie Environmental. Our technicians will repair your home safely without putting you or your family at risk. We stand ready to help 24/7, every day of the year. Reach us at (716) 466-6653.