Where water damage is concerned, speed is the name of the game, and Enviro-Clean has you covered. With professional drying technicians standing by 24/7, we will give you an accurate assessment of the situation and assist you in choosing the best steps toward remediation. We invest in the latest equipment and the best training in order to ensure that no matter the cause, your home or building will be completely dry and cleared for re-occupation as quickly as possible.
Emergency Response and Drying
Fast Response is Key
One of the most important factors in successfully drying a structure is to respond quickly and start the drying process as soon as possible. Research shows that starting the drying process within the first 24 to 48 hours will not only reduce the likelihood of a mold problem dramatically, but speed up the drying process and mitigate further structural damage. Need help – call now.
Enviro-Clean IICRC certified technicians are trained to “dry in place” and save materials like walls, ceilings and floors whenever possible, rather than tear them out. The sooner we can start drying, the more likely it is that we can save most of these materials, saving untold dollars in reconstruction later.
Finding Hidden Moisture
In order to effectively dry a building, we have to know exactly where the moisture is located.
Enviro-Clean technicians use a variety of devises to find and measure moisture that may be hidden from view – in and behind walls, ceilings and floors. Because we will never leave a job until it is thoroughly dry, we use moisture detection devices during and after the drying process as well.
Our technicians use Delmhorst moisture meters, both invasive and non-invasive, as well as FLIR Thermal Imaging (infra-red) cameras that allow us to see exactly what’s wet.
We work closely with your insurance company and insurance agent; however, your insurance and coverage should be discussed with them.
At Enviro-Clean we use the most effective and efficient methods to thoroughly dry a wet structure. All of our drying technicians are highly trained, certified and experienced. Our project managers and technicians have been trained and certified through RIA and IICRC at nationally recognized schools such as The American Drying Institute and The Hydro Lab . After assessing the loss, they will choose the most applicable methodologies and technologies for each situation.
We have the following equipment at our disposal:
DrySmart Diesel 500 Heat Drying Trailers
Designed for handling water restoration jobs from 800 to over 5,000 square feet. Packing over 500,000 BTU’s of energy, the DrySmart Structural Drying System quickly heats building interiors, driving out unwanted moisture and speeding the evaporation process. The on board fuel tank carries enough fuel to run the system for 2-3+ days without refueling.
“Convectant Drying” Trailers
Using hot, dry air, these units remove up to 300 gallons of moisture per day. Because it provides heat, Convectant Drying is a perfect application in freezing conditions.
“Desiccant Drying” Trailers
These trailer systems can be configured in various ways to provide temporary humidity control. The Trailer Series achieves targeted drying results for a variety of commercial and industrial drying applications.
Removes 95% of water from a carpet before drying, allowing us to save carpets and pads in many cases.
Dries and saves hardwood floors and other hard surfaces, rather than tearing them out and replacing them.
Axial Air Movers
The Phoenix Axial Air Mover is the industry’s only air mover specifically engineered with patent pending Focus™ Technology. Focus™ Technology not only produces air velocities greater than competitive products, but also focuses those velocities on hard-to-dry areas such as carpet and pad, sub-floor and walls.
High Capacity, Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifier
The Phoenix 200 MAX is one of the most effective and versatile drying devices available on the market today. When you combine this performance with the multiple ducting and air filtration options, it is easy to understand why the Phoenix 200 MAX is considered a workhorse in low grain refrigerant dehumidification.
Sewage and Polluted Water
Sewage or polluted water requires specialty extraction and cleaning; again, following industry IICRC standards is a must. Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.
The IICRC has complied guidelines for professional sewage clean-up, called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500).
Here are the key principles homeowners should know about sewage back-ups:
- Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
- Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
- It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
- Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too. There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.
Floodwater Clean-up Tips
When the rain stops and water subsides, flood victims can follow a few simple steps to reduce property damage and limit health risks.
Flooding occurs when rising water overflows the natural boundaries of bodies of water, such as rivers and streams, and flows across the ground picking up all kinds of contamination. The water can be contaminated with soil bacteria, decaying insects, animal droppings, oils and fluids from roadways, and fertilizers and pesticides from fields or gardens.
The IICRC offers these tips to clean up after floods:
- Use caution when entering buildings. Make sure electrical power is off and the structure is sound before entering and inspecting a flooded building. Small animals or reptiles may also seek shelter inside a structure, so be cautious when repositioning contents or removing materials.
- Protect yourself. Wear an organic vapor respirator, available from paint or building supply stores, along with rubber gloves, eye protection and protective clothing. Ventilate affected areas by opening windows, and eventually, by placing a fan in a window. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
- Know what items to throw away. Porous items that absorb contaminated flood water shouldn’t be restored. Drywall, carpet and pad, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particle board normally should be discarded if wet.
- Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable. Machine washing, including at least a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, should remove most contamination and stains.
- Open pockets of saturation. Remove base molding and portions of damaged walls and wet insulation. Locate the water line and measure 15 inches to 20 inches above it. Everything below that should be removed and discarded. Flooring, such as hardwood, laminate or sheet vinyl, should be removed to expose pockets of saturation underneath for cleaning, sanitizing and drying.
- Clean aggressively. Wall cavities and exposed durable materials (studs, joists) should be cleaned by pressure washing with detergent solutions. After thoroughly cleaning and flushing salvageable materials, apply a disinfectant solution liberally. A water restoration professional may be needed to perform this service safely and effectively.
- Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives in a moist environment with organic material (e.g., paper or particle board), and temperatures between 68°F and 86°F. Keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures as possible.
- Dry out before you rebuild. To prevent dry rot and on-going structural damage, don’t reconstruct or cover wood materials until its moisture content falls below 16 percent. Moisture meters are available online, but it may be best to hire a water restoration professional to confirm proper drying before reconstruction.
Consider hiring a professional. A professional water damage restoration company has trained technicians, specialized cleaners and antimicrobial agents, and extraction, drying, dehumidifying and moisture measuring equipment.*
*Information taken from iicrc.org