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Getting floodwater out of your home as soon as possible after a flood is a top priority. The sooner the floodwater is removed, the sooner your home will be able to begin to recover. The best way to remove floodwater from your home after a flood is to hire a professional cleaning and restoration company to take care of the job for you. However, there are still many things you can do to speed up the process. Below are five tools recommended by our team at Yellow Van in Holdrege that you can buy to speed up the water damage restoration process.
Of all the tools you can buy to speed up water damage restoration, a sump pump is easily the most valuable. A sump pump is a small pump installed in the lowest parts of basements and crawl spaces that pumps water out to keep your basement or crawlspace dry. The great thing about sump pumps is that they are inexpensive and easy to install. You can buy a quality sump pump for under $200 and have it installed that same day. Along with being affordable and easy to install, sump pumps are capable of pumping out large amounts of water in a short amount of time. Even in a large flood, a sump pump can pump out a fair amount of the water.
A dehumidifier is another affordable, easy-to-use tool for minimizing water damage. They are best used for reducing moisture in the air and not removing standing water. In other words, you don’t want to place a dehumidifier in a totally flooded room. It is better to place it in a room that the floodwater has been removed from but significant amounts of moisture still remain.
Water detection devices are like fire alarms but for floods. To use them, you simply need to plug them in as close to the floor as possible. Water detection devices then alert you if moisture levels rise above a certain point. If this happens, they will go off like a fire alarm. Some more advanced models will even send notifications to your phone to let you know if your home is being flooded. That way, you can be protected against floods even while out of the house.
Fans are a great tool for drying out the remaining moisture in your home more quickly. Like a dehumidifier, you should place them in rooms that are no longer full of standing water but still very moist. You can buy fans specifically designed for drying out water, but our team at Yellow Van in Holdrege has industrial powered-fans capable of drying out your home very effectively.
Last of all, a shop vac is another helpful tool for water removal. Make sure that it is rated for use with water though. By using a shop vac, you can suck up a fair amount of floodwater, thereby speeding up the process.
If you find yourself in the middle of a water damage disaster, please contact us. We are available 24/7 to come to your aid.