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What Extractors Work Best for Flood Removal in Morgan Hill Apartments?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

furniture floating in flooded room Flood water removal needs to be done by professionals so there aren’t any lasting effects. Contact SERVPRO to take care of the remediation process.

There are multiple water removal tools our SERVPRO team uses to overcome standing water concerns after a flood in apartments.

When it comes to water removal after a flood impacts your Morgan Hill home or apartment building, there are multiple options. Choosing the right tool for the task requires some evaluation into the present damage and what materials are currently absorbing moisture from standing water in the house. The more information that can get collected in the job scoping phase by our competent project manager, the more able our technicians become to choose the most efficient extraction path.

Because flood damage in Morgan Hill apartments creates unique obstacles over traditional residences, we must make choices based on available space and efficiency. In addition to the spread and severity of flood damages to the individual unit we respond to, shared walls and floors can be pathways for moving moisture to impact neighbors and adjoining properties. Efficient water removal solutions in these scenarios help reduce this migration by quickly reaching a point where drying is possible. Often the choice in flood removal falls to four primary extractors when apartments are damaged, and these include:

  • Submersible Pumps 
  • Truck-Mount Extractors 
  • High-Pressure Pumps 
  • Wet Vacuums 

When Do Submersibles Work Best for Flood Removal?

Regarding typical extraction needs for both water damages and flood losses in Morgan Hill, submersible pumps are a staple of removal. These tools vary in size, strength, and production to suit nearly any situation. In almost every flood loss where standing water is present, submersible pumps can play a role in removing this threat to begin drying and cleaning afterward. The shortcoming of submersible units is that their prime can get lost when standing water depths are under two inches. In these situations, other extractors can be better suited to finish the job. We typically choose among three variances of submersibles, including:

  • Electric
  • Gas-Powered
  • Commercial-Grade

What Pumps Are Best for High Volumes of Floodwater?

There is not always a need for using our extractor truck in the SERVPRO Green Fleet. When high volumes of standing water exist, especially with debris, this can be a beneficial choice for removal. These pumps are among the most powerful in our inventory, but that production has its shortfalls. A much shorter head and discharge on these pumps make them less than ideal solutions for anything beyond first-floor recovery and flood removal. If thousands of gallons of standing water threaten a floor of your apartment building, there are few tools more efficient for removing it than the truck-mount pumps 300 psi output.

Do High-Pressure Pumps Work Well After Flooding?

High-pressure pumps are not often the most sought after extractor in our inventory for several reasons. While it is a powerful tool, the discharge and intake hoses are much smaller to increase the distance possible for consistent water removal. The advantage of using these units in an apartment building is for damages that exist on upper floors that might be too substantial for low head pumps like the extractor truck or the electric submersible pump to handle. High-pressure pumps are only suitable when debris and solids are not a concern. If these threatening circumstances exist, much of the extraction on the upper floors of an apartment building must get conducted with wet vacuums.

What Are the Advantages of Using Wet Vacuums?

As comprehensive as extraction devices might be for your apartment structure, our SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy team can often still rely on wet vacuums to finish the job. Many of the devices used in water removal rely on self-priming. When as much air enters the intake as does standing water, consistent water removal is no longer possible for submersible pumps. Wet vacuums do not lose prime and therefore are ideal for any pooling water under two inches in depth where other removal equipment fails. In addition to their extraction abilities, wet vacuums can be suitable for use in places where traditional drain discharging is not possible. While there are several advantages to using these portable water removers, the three most beneficial for apartment extraction include:

  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Electric-powered

There are multiple choices regarding extraction and water removal tools after a loss incident impacts your apartment building. From the tight spaces and upper floor that require wet vacuums to the lower levels that can benefit from powerful removal with our truck-mount pumps, our SERVPRO of Morgan Hill / Gilroy team can help. We can work to get mitigation started as soon as we arrive. Give us a call today at (408) 500-0657.

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