Water removal is an essential step to water damage restoration. Restorex uses several different pieces of equipment for water removal in our customer’s homes, it just depends on the situation which method we will use. If you are a home or business owner looking for advice or a DIY approach—watch this video on how two pump out a flooded basement.
For the most part, water removal or water extraction, is a simple concept but the equipment necessary to remove the water can be expensive. The water extraction systems we use most often, are called Hydro-X Extreme Extractor and Vac Pac. This is the best equipment for removing water from carpet and pad inside homes and businesses. The weight of the equipment and the point of water suction is the unique part of these systems. Because we use the Hydro-X Extreme Extractor and Vac-Pac we can typically dry carpet and pad in place and save the home owner the hassle of removing and replacing their carpet affected by water damage. Watch Restorex using the equipment to remove water from carpet and pad.
In the case of a flooded basement where the water has risen above the nap of the carpet, we must use submersible pumps or gas-powered pumps, to pump the water to a level that will allow us to use the Hydro-X extraction equipment.
If the water level has risen to over 6” and there is access to the water from outside, the best way to remove the water is with a motor driven pump. The issue with this pump is that it needs to be primed before it starts suction. This pump can remove a lot of water very quickly. Here is a video of a 2” motor driven pump.
We cannot access the water from the outside, then we will use an electric 2” submersible pump in order to remove the standing water in the basement. These pumps are very similar to a home owner’s sump pump but are designed specifically for water damage situations. Here is a good video that explains how a 2” submersible pump is used to remove water from a basement.
When the water damage is Category 3 water, which is water that contains containments from a drain line of some kind, we have built an extraction trailer for these circumstances. The suction is provided by a truck mounted extraction system and we have built a custom tank for the water to be collected. This piece of equipment is used for most of our sewage clean ups and crawlspace mitigations.