After The Flood

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in carpet cleaning, equipment rental, floors, Home Improvement, Rental Tips

The last thing any of us want to experience is that unforeseen leak or minor flood that has left your home or building a soggy, wet mess.  Now begins the arduous task of cleaning up the water and drying out the carpets or flooring. At Bunce Rental, we have several solutions to help cleanup and dry out your home.  This week, we’re covering cleanup of minor leaks or flooding that does not require a pump to remove standing water from your area.  We’ll cover the different types of water pumps available in a future post.  For now, we’ll take a look at carpet cleaner extractors, fans, dehumidifiers, and ozone generators.

Carpet Cleaner Extractor

More commonly referred to as a carpet shampooer, this machine will extract excess water from your carpets and suction up puddles of water off hard floor surfaces such as concrete or tile.  In this instance, you would only be using the extractor function (vacuum) of the machine to remove any excess water.

Dehumidifiers

Even after using the carpet extractor soaked carpets and flooring will still be wet.  A dehumidifier will help remove moisture and humidity from the area, preventing mold and mildew from growing. To use the dehumidifier, set it up in the area you want to use it in, positioned so that the machine is elevated in such a way that the discharge hose is able to slope down into the bucket or sink to catch water or out through a window.

Turbo Dryers/Direct AirPath Fans

These fans direct air towards the floor to help dry the wet carpets and floors faster.  Many times these will be rented to help dry carpets faster after they have been shampooed.  The Turbo Dryers (also known as carpet fans) are snail-shaped with the airflow directed horizontally across the floor.  The Direct AirPath Fans are circular in shape and can direct the airflow right over the wet area.  Direct AirPath Fans can also be positioned on their side if a more horizontal direction of the airflow is preferred.

Ozone Generators

Once the room has been dried out, an ozone generator will help to kill mold, mildew, or even a smell that’s been left behind by the damage.  A full description of how the machine works can be found on the Shipp Cleaning System’s website.  Keep this in mind when using an ozone generator; the area that is being treated must be closed off.  The area must be clear of people and pets while the ozone machine is running.  While the ozone generator is running, it temporarily changes the oxygen in the area to ozone which while breathable can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, or bloody noses in a similar fashion to thinner levels of oxygen found at higher altitudes.  The ozone generator has a timer that will shut off the machine after the set amount of time (anywhere from 1 to 12 hours).  After the machine is done running, open up the room, let it air out, and check for signs of the odor, mold, or mildew.  If needed, run the ozone generator again.

Shipp Carpet Systems has also provided us with an overview of what to do for cleaning up water and also smoke damage.

 

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To learn more about our fans, dehumidifiers, and carpet cleaners, call to speak to our staff at any of our locations.  Our staff will help you determine which of these options may be right for your application.

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