Hello, welcome to Bigfoot restoration repair, but we’ll discuss some of our previous water damage Denver jobs and what we had done to mitigate them and how we took care of our clients. So the job I’m thinking of today or what we had done previously was, um, was a flooded basement. Um, now, sometimes, usually our water damage Denver jobs come in to us, um, with a broken pipe or something like that. This one, however, the client left their outside water hose on which flooded a window well, which then flooded their basement. So unfortunately, um, when it’s caused this way and how it came into the home, this was not covered by their insurance company. And so usually water that comes in through groundwater or, um, window Wells, stuff like that generally aren’t covered. But you always want to check with your insurance carrier to make certain, and it’s definitely worth a phone call.
But, um, so this one, um, flooded or window, well, you could kind of see it was probably three feet high on the window. Well, so it was quite a bit of water that was flowing there. And sometimes individuals just don’t go in their basement often. And so they did know, they did go down to do laundry and it was wet. So this affected approximately, um, 600 square feet of basement carpet. So they had a large rec room that was affected and then a hallway, I mean certainly it could have been worse. They saw them water that was in the window. Well, and, uh, the hose that was there and it was continued to run. So they actually had a gardener that was using it and just didn’t shut it off. So on this water damage Denver job, uh, was a user error or was the homeowner air?
Unfortunately, those, those occur as well. It’s just not pipes that just fail or anything like that or nails and pipes that eventually rise out. So this one, it happens. Um, we’ve all done things like that before. And so on this water damage Denver job, she, um, knew it was her fault or the, the Gardner’s fault. And so she knew it had to be taken care of. So on this one, it was about a half inch of water affected every, almost every square footage of the basement that was carpeted. So, um, fortunately it didn’t, uh, the drywall that was impacted or affected were, it was just under the window. Well, and we felt fairly confident that with our equipment and drying equipment that that would dry it out as well without having any issue. It may need to be scammed and repainted, re textured. But as far as cutting it out and doing a major repair, we didn’t feel it was necessary.
It still had some, surprisingly with that amount of moisture and the drywall, usually it can be very brutal and breakup when it’s exposed to a lot of moisture. But on this water damage Denver job, I mean, it really wasn’t. So that was a good sign that it could be restored and saved. So what we did on this particular job was we extracted the surface of the water. I’m getting all of the [inaudible] as much moisture as we could out of the surface. So, um, kinda did that initially knowing that it had desks and furniture, we knew we eventually had to move it, but it’s sometimes it’s easier to at least walk on somewhat damp carpet than sopping wet carpet. So went ahead and extracted as much as we could. Um, then we went ahead, turn the equipment off and had to move things piece by piece into a storage area that was concrete and that was dry
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So, um, the ideal situation, uh, not necessarily take it outside, but anytime you can, these were affected on the bottom. So we put foam blocks to elevate these so they, we could dry those out as well. And once you create a good driving environment, we can dry out everything, um, content and carpet and walls as well. Um, so that’s what we decided to do is leave, leave all the content in the basement. And once we started creating our air movers and dehumidifiers and everything within that basement would dry out to normal levels. So we moved everything into a storage room. We went ahead then and extracted the remaining topical part of the carpet. Uh, once that’s done, we then pull the carpet back to then extract a pad, um, which is where a majority of the water is being held. So on, I don’t know, most every water damage denver, never job we do, the pad is going to hold majority of the water.
So we went ahead and extracted that as well, scraped it. Usually there’s a concrete slab underneath. And so that’s what this was. So we use a scraper, a TG, it’s done right. The pad is glued down to this concrete so it doesn’t move around or anything like that. So this one was, was done and had to be scraped to get the pad up. So we extracted as much as a path, a get as much moisture as we could when head scraped it kept the pad out, um, bagged, all of that stuff. And even though you extract it, there’s still holds good amount of water. And so we’re taking these out probably 20 bags of trash or if pad was removed. So a good, good part of the truck is going to be full of this pad and our bag. So, um, but we have full size transit vehicles so it’s definitely can handle, um, this amount of trash.
So we try and every job we do, we want to get in dry things out or get the equipment ready to be dried out and remove all the trash on one trip if possible. It’s just kind of a nice soar, you have bags of trash out next to their house or something like that if you don’t have the right size van or equipment to move things out. So we make a conscious effort to, on every one of our water damage denver jobs to have everything removed the same day. Even if that means we come back for a second trip. So we just know it. It’s just an eyesore underline line. It reminds you of what just happened. And number two, HOA, um, people can kind of complain and we don’t certainly don’t want anybody to get in trouble, um, over bags of trash getting left out.
So, so this one, we were able to load everything into the truck. Once we remove all of our drying equipment, truck is then close to an empty empty van at that time. So we went ahead and extracted everything. We then treat the sub floor with an anti microbial. This will help kill anything that could have, uh, started to grow or anything like that being that it was fairly recent within a day. Um, we don’t feel that there would have been, but you never know. And so it, uh, guidelines call for an all the water damage to ever jobs to have an antimicrobial Sprague. Um, so what we do is we, we spray the sub floor, we spray that both sides of the carpet as well, the front and back. Um, and that’s what we did here. Now when we lay the carpet back down, we extracted one final time, um, being, when you pull the carpet up, gravity helps you and it kind of get that moisture to be on the top side of the carpet again.
And so when we lay it back down, we’re able to extract that excess carpet, uh, moisture on the carpet. So on this water damage timber job we did that, extracted it as well as we can. It’s still certainly very, very wet. Um, but as much as you can extract, that just decreases our drying time and that’s our, our mode or main purpose in doing that. So whenever we can do that to get as much moisture out, that initial visit, even though our dehumidifiers work well, air movers were worked well. Um, this just ensures that we get it dry. If we could
get it dry in three days instead of four, we want to do that. So, you know, and so we did here, extracted it, laid it back down, did it a topical treatment on that with the antimicrobial. And then we, uh, once that’s done, then we’re able to set the equipment. So on this particular water damage to her job we put down, um, we had 12 air movers and two dehumidifiers. So we use the axial air movers. We try and use those on all of our water damage. Denver jobs. Sometimes you’re dealing with crawl spaces and you just, these are bigger fans, um, air movers that need a little bit of space. So sometimes when we deal with crawl spaces, we have to use a smaller air mover. Um, but if at all possible, we use our axial air movers. Um, the amount of air that this circulates is, is quite impressive.
So we use these, we create a vortex is circular motion. So when we position these, we get them right next to each wall facing in the same direction, usually separated by roughly 10 feet, uh, between, and then we’ll put a couple in the middle of the room blowing down. So, um, with these 12 air movers, two dehumidifiers, we felt very confident that we would try this out relatively soon. Um, but we let our clients know that it’s generally three to four days, but we come back each day. We do our readings, um, in our effected area. We do greetings in our unaffected area, which we are designated to be the kitchen upstairs. And then we do readings outside, uh, to get it outside temperature and relative humidity.
So day two, we came back, um, very uh, impressed to how things were drying out the carpet itself. I was almost dry some areas. So when we come back and we’d do our readings at that time, we adjust the air movers if they need to be moved forward and back or um, you know, we make sure sometimes corners be difficult. So we just ensure that all of this is done each day when we come back and move things. So, um, we went ahead and did that, did our readings once again, the effected area, kitchen and then the outside. So, um, so after that, for first 24 hours, we made great strides. Came back day two, uh, once again, carpet completely dry now, um, the drywall itself needed to be dried out. That was still reading. Um, as well as, you know, some of the sub floor itself had some, some readings, but um, we do what’s referred to in the industry as a top down, drying.
So we don’t float carpet anymore. We used to put fans underneath those and float it, but we no longer need to do that. Uh, with the equipment and the D him up. Dehumidifiers that we use. Um, we’re confident that we dry things out, uh, at a faster rate than if we float it. Sometimes when you float carpet, you’re really kicking up a lot of dust. Everything that’s under that carpet, then you’re creating to be airborne. Um, my name can cause breathing issues and stuff like that, so we don’t want to do that. So we want to keep the carpet down. So after day two, um, very S, you know, lot of progress was made, uh, came back day three and everything was dry. So in only three days we dried out the 600 square foot basement. Um, at that time everything then could be removed. Uh, dehumidifiers, air movers, everything then was removed. We, um, didn’t think we’d be done at day two. You just never know. So we had to come back. Um, or day three, we just didn’t know. So we came back the following day to then put everything back together. So we, we
brought the pad that we were going to use, um, had to re-install that, glue that back down to the concrete, um, re-installed everything. Um, with that, uh, put the pad down re-installed and kicked the, the carpet in. So on this particular water damage, never job the pad or the, uh, the carpet itself was in good shape. Sometimes it can, um, the laminate or you can have some damage and we want to point that out. Um, but this one held together well and so we were able to re-install that, um, without any issue. So what we do re-install it, um, and then we clean the carpet. So you just never know what, especially when it comes from out side, you never know what’s in the water or you know, what it travels through and, um, groundwater and stuff like that. So we always make a point of, um, cleaning the carpet after and then it’s a fresh, a new feel to the carpet as well.
So went ahead and did that, uh, that final day, the fourth day. So we re-installed pad, cleaned the carpet and reinstalled the, uh, the carpet itself. Um, so we, uh, this particular water damage, Denver job, they wanted a few pieces, moved back, some of the heavy ones, and then they were gonna move the rest back. Now we certainly make it a conscious effort to move things back for them, but if they, uh, if they want us to wait and just move certain things and they can, so we moved things back. We put these on blocks so it’s not touching any wet carpet. Um, so we just moved a few of the larger pieces of sofa and a desk and a few other small piece, heavier pieces of furniture, but not too much. So they were, um, they felt confident that they could move everything else back and remove the, the foam blocks that are underneath, uh, the pieces that we had moved.
So, uh, all in all this job, this water damage, Denver job turned out very well. It was a quick turnaround from the moment we got the call to four days later being totally done with the job. Re-installed um, so they were impressed with that. Left a great review for us. And, uh, we, uh, always like to see our clients, but we always tell them, we hope Jeanette to see ya. Uh, again, in this kind of, um, circumstance. So we, we, we like our clients when we work with them, but this is a industry where we try not to see him too often. If that doesn’t sound too harsh, but, um, so this particular water damage Denver job, start to finish four days. Happy client. Um, so if you ever need any other, uh, water mitigation work, or if you need anything, don’t forget big foot restoration.