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Are Pumps or Vacuums Better for Water Removal in Hicksville Homes?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

truck mounted pump Our SERVPRO van carries a gas-powered pump for water extraction from Hicksville homes

We have multiple extraction tools to help a range of damages in Hicksville properties.

Extraction tools are a staple of our mitigation response to water damages. While the impact of situations like burst pipes, appliance failures, or ceiling leaks all leave varying degrees of cleanup, we quickly assess the needs of the house and our appropriate response.

Determining the Standing Water Threat

When water removal in Hicksville homes is necessary, several considerations must be made to determine the standing water threat. Some of these include:

  • Depth – The severity of the standing water situation begins with an assessment of depth. Several inches or feet of standing water is often too much for portable extraction units and requires a more powerful approach like truck-mount pumps. 
  • Contamination – Natural flooding can welcome contaminants, pathogenic threats, and even sewage into the house with the water. 
  • Debris and Solids – Natural flooding also often demands an extraction device capable of clearing surface water and floating particles/debris in the pool. 
  • Damage Area – The size of the work area is also a consideration. A small vacuum is unsuitable for a vast open space with standing water concerns, but instead, this relies on units like trash pumps and engine-driven extractors. 

The Applications for Wet-Vacuums

Wet vacuums are more ideal when a shallower damage level exists or when the workspace necessary is in a confined or challenging area to reach. The lightweight build of our wet vacuums allows them to be portable solutions that could also be suitable for apartment and office buildings with multiple levels.

Using Submersible Pumps

Our SERVPRO team has multiple submersible pump options beginning with electric submersibles that run on portable power like the trailered generators we supply to job sites. Water removal needs often come after disasters that can sever the electricity, so we also have gas-powered trash pumps and engine-drive truck-mount pumps to help in this process as well.

Our technicians at SERVPRO of Hicksville / Plainview have effective mitigation services to help 24/7 when you call (516) 733-1800.

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