Water Damage Drying

Specialist drying of water damaged walls, floors, and ceilings to eradicate damp and mould.

If you have suffered water damage from a leaking or burst pipe, a leaking water tank, or from a leaking roof, usually the first sign that you see is a stain on the wall or ceiling.

This type of water damage is a bit like an iceberg, in that what you see is usually only 10% of the actual problem. In most cases, moisture is trapped behind the plaster, inside wall cavities, above ceiling cavities, and depending on the nature of the leak, the fabric of the building can very often be damp.

Left untreated this damp has the potential to spread and cause significant damage to a building, not to mention increase health risks to occupants with the associated mould, mildew and bacteria that thrive in wet conditions.

Very often attempts to dry water damage yourself do not eradicate the damp, and in many cases can aggravate the problem and spread moisture to other areas. In order to return your property to a safe, habitable condition, it’s important that the source of the leak is traced and stopped, water damaged structures removed and the property thoroughly dried before building repairs made.

If you have suffered water damage, the first thing to do is call us. We will visit your property and assess the extent of the water damage and the damp by taking moisture readings, and will then advise you on the course of action you need to take.

If the nature and extent of the damage means claiming on your buildings insurance (which is usually the case), we are able to deal directly with your insurer, and will negotiate with them on your behalf, to ensure that the damp is fully removed, and that any renovation or repair work is carried-out to the very highest standards.

drying water damaged walls

Tent drying a damp wall

A drier used to dry properties after water damage

A typical dryer

Suffering damage to your home can be stressful to say the least and water damage is one of the worst kinds of damage that your house can face. Water damage can be from something as simple as a tiny hole in your roof that has left a drop by drop leak which has caused damp and made your wallpaper peel, to a burst pipe which can flood your home in minutes.

Therefore detecting a leak in your home can be more difficult than just getting home to a puddle on the floor or wet walls. Many leaks originate from pipework that is hidden and difficult to pinpoint and can lead to extensive damage if not found. Other types of water damage that are common originate from when dishwashers or washing machines are installed incorrectly by professionals.

What should you be looking out for?

The things to look out for in your home are patches on walls, ceilings or carpets that are a different colour to the rest of the surface. Areas such as this may also feel colder than the rest of the surface, or can feel damp.

You may see blisters and bubbles appearing in wallpaper as damp causes it to lose adhesion and come away from wall. Plaster may even buckle and crumble away from the wall as water seeps in and breaks it down.

You may start noticing a musty smell often associated with mould and mildew. Likewise mould appearing on walls is a common indicator of walls and ceilings not being able to dry naturally.

Near washing machines and dishwashers you may notice pools of water near to the machine. Or floorboards buckling and lifting as they absorb water.

Assessment

After receiving your call we visit your property to carry out a survey and assess damage to your property caused by water leaks or flood.

Report

We provide you with a full report detailing our findings and recommended actions for drying your property, eradicating damp and mould, and carrying out full repairs to damaged walls, ceilings and floors.

Our report includes details of property drying equipment and techniques we plan to use, how long the drying process will take, how we plan to monitor progress and full costings.

Property Drying

Once approved our property drying technicians visit your home to start the drying process.

1. Standing water is extracted using submersible pumps and vacuum pumps.

2. Once the water is extracted, all wet and damaged materials and contents are stripped out.

3. We install specialist drying equipment and start the drying process using either:

Convection drying using heat and ventilation. This method includes a high temperature “speed drying” method and traditional fan heaters but could also encompass use of the in situ heating system and open windows.

Dehumidification. The most common method is to use dehumidifiers and heaters. This needs to be done in a closed environment as it relies on creating an unnaturally dry atmosphere; the speed of drying is largely dependent on the capacity of the equipment relative to the space to be dried.

Drying methods may also be varied during the drying process as different phases are reached.

4. We carefully monitor progress to ensure drying takes place at the optimum rate, without causing other side effects.

Final Survey

At the time we’re satisfied the process is successfully completed we conduct our final survey to confirm results and the absence of any residual problems. The survey along with certificates of dryness are presented to clients.

Bob ClementsWater Damage Drying