How to Cleanup a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration Machine Flood

Many homes have a reverse osmosis machine for filtering their drinking water. These are normally located under a sink. The purpose of them is to remove minerals and contaminants from the water to make the water cleaner to drink. By necessity the small tubes and connections that make up the reverse osmosis filter system in Oceanside flood damage are made of plastic so that the system doesn’t “eat” away at the tubing if they were metal, copper, or another hard material. These tubes many times bust or fail or break or get disconnected, causing flooding within the home.

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The main steps for cleaning up a flood or wet cabinets or flooded kitchen from a reverse osmosis filtration system are as follows and detailed below:

1. Shut off the water.

2. Clean up the standing water

3. Check all affected materials and areas for flooding and water damage

4. Setup air movement and dehumidification for drying the areas

5. Rebuild any areas that need to be rebuilt

6. Consider eliminating the reverse osmosis machine, using a flood plan underneath it, or replacing it with another system when all is completed in order to guard against a future flood

1. Shut off the water. If this is caught quickly the easiest thing to do is to shut off the water at the valve near the machine. Normally the machines are in a kitchen area so follow the line to the wall and look for a turn off valve. Alternatively, there is usually a main shutoff valve for the building in the garage, near a hot water heater, or along the exterior of the building. Additionally, there is almost always a shutoff valve for the building at the curb near the road that the City of Oceanside has installed.

2. Clean up the standing water. It is important to eliminate the majority of the water so that it doesn’t seep into other areas. Call us and we can take of it for you. 619.597.2003. We would use high powered flood extractors to remove the water and to check in areas that may not be obvious like under cabinets, behind dishwasher, under washing machines, etc.

3. Check all affected materials and areas for flooding and water damage. Some of this can be done visually and with checking with a hand for moisture. But the best way is to check with moisture meters and infrared cameras that can “see” behind areas and behind walls for trapped or hidden moisture that needs to be dried out to guard against mold damage.

4. Setup airmovement and dehumidification for drying the areas. Use the correct amount of airmovers and dehumidifiers. Standard home dehumidifiers will not suffice. Low grain dehumidifiers and/or desiccant driers are needed to get things like flooring, cabinetry, hardwood flooring, carpeting, drywall, etc dried to normal levels. We would size this correctly for the level of flood and leave equipment necessary to dry it quickly. We also check this equipment daily along with daily moisture readings of all affected areas in order to ensure proper drying. Adjustments would be made daily on the amount of equipment, placement of equipment, and remediation method in order to dry the home out from the flood damage. We also use techniques to minimize damage and save the homeowner or insurance company thousands of dollars in unneeded construction repair and time needed on-site.

5. Rebuild any areas that need to be rebuilt. We have techniques to save the homeowner and/or insurance company thousands of dollars on unneeded construction by being about to dry in place cabinets, carpets, drywall, hardwood floors, etc. In the event that there are areas that cannot be saved then the next step is to rebuild them. We can help with this work.

6. Consider eliminating the reverse osmosis machine, using a flood plan underneath it, or replacing it with another system when all is completed in order to guard against a future flood. Reverse osmosis machines are notorious for flooding. There are options to help guard against this even if you still choose to keep a machine. A plumber can be consulted for your options. We can also give you an overview of your options to give you a “bird’s eye view.”

If you have a reverse osmosis water filtration flood in a kitchen or other areas in your home from an  Oceanside, CA water damage, give us a call at 619.597.2003 for 24/7 emergency services and can be on-site in most areas of the County within 1 hour or less. We can take care of the work from start to finish and guide you through the process and insurance needs. Our services include water, fire, and mold remediation and associated reconstruction services. 619.597.2003 is our phone number.

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