The faster the water is removed from the property the less chance of damage and quicker recovery. Water extraction is done by using commercial machines. Placement of large fans and dehumidifiers in strategic locations of the building is most effective.
- Remove brass & copper (immediately clean to avoid etching).
- Remove firearms (immediately dry & oil to avoid rust & pitting).
- Get the air moving and remove standing water.
- Dry wet items quickly to avoid mold and mildew.
- Place foil under furniture legs and remove rugs & carpet.
- Professional evaluation of structure for stability and safety.
It is very important to know what type of “water” you are dealing with and what safety precautions you need to take for a successful water damage restoration effort in Minnesota. Below is a list of the 3 categories of water damage and some useful knowledge of each.Category 1 Water
That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade. Examples: burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, vertically falling rainwater.Category 2 Water
That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated. Examples: Ground Water, Sump Pump Failure.Category 3 Water
That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes.