Water Extraction

BC Preferred Restoration

Experts in drying wet carpet, wet carpet padding, wet walls and ceilings

BC Preferred Restoration has years of experience in drying water damage from floods, broken pipes, toilet overflows, rainwater, fridge water lines, washing machine hose breaks, snow damage, and dishwasher leaks.

We have expertise in drying wet carpet, wet carpet padding, wet walls and ceilings, wet and water damaged wood floors, and wet tile and stone floors.

BC Preferred Restoration only uses the latest in technology for drying homes and commercial businesses. It is important to clean up quickly after flooding. Mold can grow very quickly!

Drying and cleansing your home after a flood is no easy task!

You might have to discard soaked furniture and replace ceiling tile, drywall, flooring, rugs and home contents.

The basic step though is safely extracting pooled water from your home before you can even begin to evaluate and clean up or dispose of the soaked items. This applies to floods, leaks from ceilings, as well as broken sewer lines, all of which can cause contaminated water to soak your home and contents.

What is the best way to go about extracting water so that your home will be dry and ready to clean? Once the cause of the flood is dealt with, water extraction is very important!

Safety First!

First, always wear rubber gloves and boots, even waders. When dealing with soaked and possibly contaminated areas remember that the water is not safe to come into contact with your skin and will permeate through your regular clothes. Floodwater often has been exposed to sewer systems or other harmful contaminants and is unsafe.

Be aware to tread carefully and avoid spreading contaminated water to dry areas from flooded parts of your home. Afterwards, wash your hands thoroughly.


Buildings may have a floor drain, or a sump pump which will make extracting water easier. However, many don't. Also the cause of a flood can make this less viable - if the soil is supersaturated for example.

Extracting a flooded area takes buckets, pumps, and wet vacuum cleaners to do most of the work.

You will need mops and rags to blot areas dry, as you get rid of more and more water. After getting rid of the water, it is best to dry the area and furnishings or items with heated blowers, fans and a dehumidifier.

Getting Water Out of Carpets

When extracting water from carpets, if the carpet is thoroughly soaked with sewage water or floodwater, dispose of it. There is no foolproof way to make sure dangerous bacteria is not still embedded - even after drying.

Even when disposing of a carpet that has been exposed to clean water... if it has sat in water for more than a couple days, be cautious to not let bare skin come in contact.

If just some of the carpet has been soaked (say from a ceiling leak) it can be saved. First, extract as much water as possible from the carpet. Then lift the carpet and remove the wet underlay. You can dry and reuse the carpet, but replace the underlay.

Finally, hire a professional restoration service like BC Preferred Restoration. Only hire professionals with the certification, experience and expertise to do the job right.