The next step is getting the tools and equipment required for drying. When you have a flood, you need to extract the water and dry it using two types of machines – air movers and dehumidifiers. Air movers provide air circulation, while dehumidifiers extract water from the circulated air.
You will also need a wet vac or carpet cleaning machine to extract water from the carpet. Do not think that carpet steam cleaning will fix the problem – it will only result in the carpet becoming even wetter. Instead, use a carpet cleaning machine or wet vac to extract the water only. If you don’t have access to a professional carpet cleaning machine, The Squeaky Clean Team can help extract the water for you.
You’ll also need to get a hold of air movers, which are fans specifically designed for drying carpets and floors. Dehumidifiers will also be necessary to extract the water from the environment. As a general rule, a flooded bedroom will need one dehumidifier and one air mover, while a lounge room will require two air movers and possibly two dehumidifiers. The air mover and dehumidifier can only work in one direction, so if water has gone around a corner, you’ll need more equipment.
Finally, you may need a pair of pliers for pulling up carpet so you can see how far the water’s gone – it’s usually further than you think!