water extraction and structural drying
Northeast Florida Water Damage Specialists
MicroTech offers water extraction and structural drying services to Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding North Florida residents.
We offer emergency 15 minute rapid response mobilization to ensure we can get to the job within less than an hour to address the situation and minimize the chance of damage.
MicroTech employees are licensed and insured water damage & remediation experts that understand the importance of proper water extraction and structural drying. We’ve been in business for over 15 years helping Jacksonville residents with their emergency and restoration needs and maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Our techs are quick to respond and use professional equipment including rescue mats, dehumidifiers and blowers to ensure we can properly dry the area. We also ensure that we locate and help address the underlying cause of the problem to avoid future damage from occurring.
If water damage does occur, we can help repair the damage to get the property back in good condition.
We also help assist our clients navigate the insurance process to ensure that it is done properly.
How to spot water damage
It’s fairly easy to spot water damage after a flood or other natural disaster. However, there are several subtle signs your home may be suffering from water damage when you might not know anything is wrong. If you ever notice any of the below signs, call a water extraction professional as soon as possible.
Mold and mildew in areas with poor circulation
Closets, underneath beds, and behind curtains can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew if moisture levels are too high in the home and there’s not enough air circulation. Dehumidifying the environment and increasing air circulation may help solve the issue, and a professional can help remove all traces of the mold and/or mildew so it doesn’t return.
Condensation on the windows
Condensation on windows can be a signal that there is excess moisture inside your home. The extra humidity in the air will condense onto windows because of the temperature difference. If you notice condensation on the interior side of your windows, especially if it is concentrated to a specific area of the home, you may want to look for a nearby leak and/or call the professionals.
Standing water on the property
Standing water in or around your property can be a breeding ground for bugs and mold, leading to major structural damage and health concerns for the home and your family. A home has several drainage systems. If any of these are not working properly, the excess water can cause extensive damage to the home. Standing water after a storm or natural disaster should be addressed as soon as possible.
Mysteriously wet carpet
Wet carpet with no known or obvious cause can be a sign that a pipe has burst or a high density water source is leaking. Washing machines and hot water heaters are common sources of leaks that can spread to carpeted areas. Without professional treatment, the excess moisture may cause extensive structural damage to the flooring underneath.
Water and/or brownish stains on the ceiling, walls, or floors
Many times, these stains are from a leak in the immediate area. The building material may be compromised in this location, so it’s important to call for professional help when dealing with a mysterious water leak.
Door and window frame swelling
Wooden doors, door frames, and window frames can swell and warp when exposed to excess moisture. Flooding, high humidity, and pipe leaks can all cause frame swelling. Warped window and door frames are difficult to fix without professional help.
Mold and/or stains on the ceiling under a water source
Spots of mold under or near a water source are red flags for a slow leak or drip from a pipe. A professional can repair the pipe, remove traces of mold, and fix the ceiling or wall that was damaged.
Team Microtech Water Extraction
and Structural Drying
When water ends up places it shouldn’t be, the resulting damage can be catastrophic. Not only can water discolor carpets, ruin artwork, disintegrate drywall, and warp wood, but it can also start growing mold and mildew within 24-48 hours. Mold and mildew threaten a family’s health as well as intensify the damage caused by the water, and it is difficult to remove once it manifests. Whether water damage was caused by a natural disaster, a burst pipe, or a fixture leak, it’s important to call the professionals right away to extract the excess water and mitigate damage.
Water damage FAqs
IF MY CARPET IS WET, WHY DOESN’T AN EXTRACTION WORK?
Usually when water damage occurs, drywall acts as a sponge and soaks up the water. Once you have finished extracting the water, the drywall will “bleed” back into the carpet, soaking it again. To prevent this as well as microbial issues, you must dry all affected materials, ie. drywall, trim, carpet, pad, etc.
I CAN SEE DRIPS IN THE WASHING MACHINE WHILE IT IS NOT IN USE. IS THAT NORMAL OR IS IT DAMAGE?
You probably need to replace the shut off valve. Consider installing a single-handled valve that makes it easier to turn off the water supply to the washing machine.
WHERE DO I NEED TO LOOK FOR WATER DAMAGE IN THE BATHROOM WHILE INSPECTING?
Start with the toilet; check the water lines, the floor around the toilet, the tank and the toilet rim. Make sure no leaks are visible. Then inspect the shower and bathtub. Inspect the tiles, the grout, drain and visible plumbing. Confirm that all seals are tightened and dry. Be attentive to discolorations or soft areas around the bathtub walls.
HOW CAN I KNOW IF I HAVE WATER DAMAGE IN THE KITCHEN?
The following are typical signs of water damage in the kitchen:
Leaks under the sink, slow draining pipes, cracked tile or missing grout, soft or stained walls and floors, leaks under and around the base of the dishwasher, and moisture behind the refrigerator.
WHAT ARE THE ELECTRICITY RELATED SAFETY RULES AFTER WATER DAMAGE?
There are 3 basic safety rules:
- Turn off the power to your home or business by disabling the main circuit breaker panel. Even if the neighborhood power grid is down, assume all power lines are active and functioning.
- Do not use regular household vacuums to remove excess water.
- Do not use electrical appliances while standing on a wet floor.
HOW CAN I ESTIMATE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE?
Start with a closer inspection of the property to assess the damage to the exterior. Only if determined safe, walk around the building and lot to observe and gather information. Mark the water levels on the walls for reference. Now enter the structure. Taking extreme precautions, start from the top and document the damage. The best way to get an accurate assessment and good documentation is to call a professional.
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO SECURE MY PROPERTY AFTER WATER RELATED DAMAGE?
Lock and secure your property when not occupied to prevent looting. Keep in mind that alarms may malfunction if the electricity or telephone service has been interrupted.
HOW CAN I SAFELY INSPECT MY HOUSE AFTER WATER DAMAGE?
Dangers are not over when the water goes down. Do not endanger yourself or your family after a water event. Keep children and pets away. Try to protect yourself and your family from stress, fatigue, and water-related health hazards.
Follow these basic safety rules:
- Determine structural stability
- Cut off power supply
- Turn off water supply
- Turn off gas supply
- Use protective gear