Aqua-Mount® Auxiliary Vacuum Unit
from Bane-Clene® Corp.
Aqua-Mount for Added Extraction Power, Versatility for Water Restoration. Near-impossible drying times can now be achieved in those highly time-sensitive cleaning jobs.
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Pump Outs, Water Damage, Water Restoration
Quick action is critical to reduce damage from water intrusion into a building, such as from broken water pipes, overflowing toilets, sewer back-ups, broken water sprinklers, roof damage, etc. Delaying action will make the situation worse causing damage to the sub-flooring, walls, cabinets, furniture and ceilings and allowing time for microorganisms to grow. When the moisture content of most cellulose-based materials exceed 20-25% of their weight, damage will be serious. Reducing damage is accomplished by water removal plus controlling the relative humidity, temperature, and air movement.
Take care when removing water from carpets because they can lose up to 50% of their structural strength when they get wet and can be permanently damaged by excessive bending or folding or by foot traffic.
Step 1 in any pump-out situation is to inspect thoroughly for damage, being especially alert for microbial growth.
Determine extent of damage to the carpet by disengaging it in the corners and inspecting. Inspect for delamination.
Check the tuft bind by pulling on the tufts. If tufts easily pull out, the latex which binds the primary and secondary backings together has been compromised and carpet replacement may be required. Zippering occurs in a loop pile carpet in which tufts are pulled from the backing resulting in long, lengthwise pulls out of the carpet. Zippering occurs when the latex has been damaged due to water damage.
After a carpet gets wet from water damage and then dries, shrinkage sometimes occurs in the backing system that will lead to wrinkling and puckering.
Carpet padding cannot be cleaned - only dried. Padding tends to hold odors. Any natural fiber padding, such as jute or horsehair must be replaced.
Check for damage to the sub-floor - especially plywood and parquet. Is the tack strip secure to the floor?
Move furniture to a dry area and tab or block it if it is wet. Hang drapery with a coat hanger to avoid contact with the wet floor. Extract - clear the vacuum hose at the end of each dry stroke by lifting up the cleaning tool. Using the Water Claw® Sub-Surface Flood Extractor will speed the operation.
Use a 100 pound roller to compress the carpet and padding and force the excess water to the corners for extraction. Fold back all four corners of the room. Cut and remove the exposed padding. Release the carpet at door metals. Work the roller from the center of the room to the corner where the water can be extracted out.
Do a final extraction of the entire area.
Place air movers in a corner with the snout on top of the pad and under the carpet and secure the carpet to the air mover. Float the carpet 4-6 inches off the floor. Usually, one air mover is required for every 200 square feet of carpet. Avoid walking on the carpet when the air movers are lifting the carpet. DO NOT use air movers where there is active mold!
In some cases, a dehumidifier is required to remove excess moisture from the room.
SATURATE the contaminated carpet with an anti-microbial such as MediClean® (Microban)® or Sporicidin®. Use a stainless steel sprayer or the >Multi-Sprayer® Wet fogging can be used for inaccessible areas, but is not as effective as spraying. Anti-microbials must contact all affected materials and be allowed at least 10 - 15 minutes dwell time. Pets, plants and animals must not be present during application of anti-microbials.
On 100% olefin fibers and concrete, apply undiluted chlorine bleach, agitate, and extract after 20 minutes of dwell time.
An unsightly water ring is often evident at the point where capillary drying has stopped. The water ring contains soil, minerals, etc. left behind as the carpet dried. Prespray, clean, and do a Brown Out® flush with 2 - 4 ounces of Brown Out per gallon of water through the base unit. Even stronger concentrations of Brown Out may be required.
Once carpet has completely dried out, replace any padding that has been discarded, reinstall the carpet, move the furniture back in, and make a final application of anti-microbial.
In water damage situations, MediClean (Microban) or Sporicidin Disinfectant Solution should be applied in addition to “Step 1.” The use of an electric atomizer placed in front of an air mover is advisable. DO NOT use air movers where there is active mold!
In many cases, the Water Claw® Sub-Surface Flood Extractor can be used with a Bane-Clene truckmount equipped with the Aqua-Mount® System to remove flood water without having to pull the pad or use a roller. The use of the Water Claw Flood Tool greatly increases the speed and effectiveness of water extraction. This process is deceptively fast and easy:
After the Sub-Surface extraction process has been performed, a small amount of moisture will be left on the face fibers, which can then be more quickly and efficiently extracted with a floor tool. This will further reduce drying time. Multiple Sub-Surface extraction passes are usually ineffective, as Sub-Surface extraction is best accomplished while both carpet and pad are saturated.
If water is present in the pad only, the Water Claw can be used in one of 2 ways:
DO NOT extract water from face fiber before using the WATER CLAW, as this will cause the tool to suck air through the face fibers, inhibiting the Sub-Surface extraction process in most cases.
NOTE: Many states require that a contractor applying a pest control product be licensed. Please contact your state EPA office for further information.
|Power Unit:||ll Electric, 110V, 60 Hz Single Phase, HD Motor Unit with Sealed Bearings. Requires no Maintenance.|
|Vacuum System:||Positive Displacement, Modified SAV, Cast Iron, 2" Intake and Outtake Ports with impeller construction, 21,000 FPM velocity at 75% Head Restriction.|
|Warranty:||5-Year Conditional Warranty.|