How to Cleanup a Dishwasher Flood
The first step to clean up is to shut the machine off and, if needed, turn the water off to the home to stop further flooding. Most homes have a main water shut off. Many are located in garages or near water heaters. If that can’t be located or you are part of a condo, you can also shut the main valve off from the street. It looks like a small rectangular metal cap near the curb, in most cases. The size is similar to a notebook when you are looking down on it. Open it and turn the valve clockwise until it doesn’t turn anymore. Some may have a valve that needs to be turned perpendicular to the water supply line to make it turn off.
The second step is to remove the excess water as well as you can. At this point you will likely want to call us to help remove the water completely as well as verify where the water went and dry it out properly with dehumidifiers, airmovers, desiccants, etc as needed to eliminate issues with mold growth. If, for example, hardwood floors are involved, a floor mat drying system or a “tenting” system using a desiccant dehumidifier can many times save hardwood floors from needing to be torn out an replaced. Other times, for example, cabinets get wet and specialized driers are needed to property bring them back to dryness.
The third step is proper drying. This is achieved with airmovers and dehumidifiers normally but sometimes the need for specialized equipment can save large dollars or eliminate issues with mold down the road. You will want to establish a baseline for moisture content on all items that have gotten wet (i.e. carpeting, cabinets, drywall, insulation, hardwood floors, laminate floors, tile floors, ceiling cavities, wall cavities, etc). Once this is done then the drying process can be monitored daily to ensure that the moisture content is coming down and that it is brought to the “dry standard.” The “dry standard” is the normal moisture content of normally “dry” similar items. All items like drywall, wood floors, even carpeting will have an inherent moisture content. The moisture content of the “wet” items will need to be brought to this “dry standard” in order to eliminate issues with mold damage.
One thing to note about dishwasher water is that it nearly always is categorized as “grey” water. Water damage is categorized in three main categories: clean water damage, grey water damage, and black water damage. Clean water is from supply lines like copper pipes and faucets. Black water can be thought of as sewage water or similar type water. Grey water is in-between. The different types of water damage are remediated differently. For example, for clean water losses nearly all items that are gotten wet can be dried in place. For black water losses the opposite is true: all porous, non-structural items will need to be removed. And for grey water it is remediate, you got it, in between (i.e. the pad would be removed for carpeting but many times the carpeting itself can be saved, etc).
If you have a need for flood dryouts, fire cleanup, or mold removal and/or associated construction repair services call us at 619.597.2003. We can have a technician on-site immediately to give an estimate and conduct emergency services.