The moment a leak occurs, water starts seeping into wall cavities, soaking beneath carpeting, and trickling down to other structural components. Water-borne microbes and mold can cause additional problems. After significant water intrusion, it is important to stop the flow of water and start the drying process as soon as possible to prevent damage to your Highland, Illinois, home and even health consequences.

Categories of Water Damage

While it may seem all the same to you, to a professional water damage recovery expert, water damage can be classified as follows:

  • Category 1 – clean water from a sanitary source. The rupture of an indoor water supply line is the most common example.

  • Category 2 – includes water with low levels of relatively benign contaminants. A washing machine overflow is a typical example. This is commonly known as “gray water” and cleanup requires special techniques to remove residue in the water.

  • Category 3 – or “black water,” is the most serious spill. It is usually related to raw sewage or the impact of floodwaters. Category three contains biohazards and toxins that require protective equipment and professional disinfection techniques.

The Drying Process

Effective drying involves specialized techniques for extracting the water, moisture, and water vapor from your home’s structure. You can initiate the process by utilizing assets in the home for drying. These include ceiling fans, whole-house exhaust fans, air conditioning, and dehumidifiers. A qualified crew of water damage recovery technicians will continue the process which generally includes:

  • Beginning water extraction procedures to remove standing water that may be seeping into other areas.

  • Initiating use of professional evaporation and dehumidifying equipment.

  • Disinfecting areas to ward off mold and bacterial growth.

  • Removing saturated building materials like drywall that cannot be effectively dried.

  • Reconstruction services to replace damaged materials.

Your professional water damage crew will use equipment like water vacuums and power extractors. Turbo drying high-efficiency low grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers treat indoor air with an evaporation process to reduce humidity and accelerate drying. Desiccant air dryers using special compounds, absorb water vapor.

If you have a leak, contact the pros at Carefree Comfort, Inc. by calling 847-388-0115 right away. We will make the necessary repairs and provide advice so you can take care of any damage and address concerns about contaminants.

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