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What Is The Best Equipment For Eliminating Water Damage At Your Property?

Posted by Tom McArdle on 10/20/21

An especially rainy season, a brief downpour, a disastrous plumbing incident, or an all-out flood can all cause lasting water damage to properties. Water can seep through crevices, flow down stairs, pool in corners, soak carpets, drench wood and drywall, and cause mold and mildew to proliferate. 

As a landlord, business owner, property, or facility manager, you’ll need to act quickly when such an event occurs, as moisture can cause irreparable harm that can escalate quickly when left unaddressed. In addition, the more damage that occurs, the more downtime your business or property might experience, which can come at a huge financial cost. 

Even if you have an on-site maintenance team, they may not have the expertise, manpower, or equipment to tackle a plumbing or water damage emergency. When calamity strikes, it is best to contact an experienced, reliable emergency water disaster restoration services contractor. Maintaining a relationship with one means you won’t be caught off guard if such a crisis does occur. 

equipment-used-in-water-damage-cleanup-odorox-hydroxyl-groupOne advantage that an experienced water remediation contractor has is access to an arsenal of specialized tools. Here’s the equipment that you can expect them to have on hand and how it works: 

Truck-mounted vacuum – Water remediation experts use truck-mounted vacuums to quickly remove surface water from any type of space. This crucial piece of equipment pneumatically sucks water into the tank of a truck quickly and efficiently. 

Industrial dehumidifiers – Once the water is removed, there may still be moisture left in the air that can lead to condensation, triggering mold and mildew growth. An industrial dehumidifier helps prevent fungus proliferation. Most water restoration professionals use LGR (low grain refrigerant units) because they are much more powerful than conventional dehumidifiers.  

Air movers – Air movers force air into flooded areas to help dry them quickly by lifting moisture from the surface into the air where it can be collected and removed. Because they blow lower to the ground, they speed the evaporation process from floors, carpets, and even from under cabinets or other heavy pieces of furniture. 

Air scrubbers or negative air machines – Air scrubbers or negative air machines are both used for the same purpose; to filter contaminated air, such as in a building that has been flooded with sewage water. While an air scrubber stands alone and does not have attached ducting, a negative air machine uses ducting to remove the contaminated air from a sealed area and then exhausts it outside of the containment area creating a vacuum effect. 

Moisture meters – Water restoration contractors use moisture meters to measure the moisture content in any given material, determining whether it is restorable or irreparable. 

Hydroxyl generators – Disaster restoration professionals include professional-grade hydroxyl generators in their moisture removal toolboxes for a very simple reason: They are extremely effective at removing odors. 

These high-powered air purifiers mimic nature’s process by using multiple wavelengths of high-energy UV lights to eliminate odors and break down volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor spaces. Unpleasant scents that linger after a flood are often overwhelming and can seem intractable. Restoration contractors understand this challenge and use hydroxyl generators to remove unwanted odors, regardless of what caused the water damage. 

Do you have the support you need from a disaster restoration contractor who has the expert knowledge and tools to restore your property after water damage occurs? Or, are you a contractor looking for the most powerful water damage eliminating tools available? Odorox® Hydroxyl Group is the official nationwide supplier of Odorox®, the only patented and scientifically proven hydroxyl technology in the marketplace today. Ready to learn how to put this technology to work for you? Contact us today! 

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