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What does water extraction involve?

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Water extraction involves using equipment to physically remove water. When extracting water from a home, high-pressured vacuums are used to remove water from carpet, padding and upholstery, and drying and dehumidifying equipment with condensate pumps is used to remove moisture under sub-floors or behind walls.

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Home water extraction requires a process of removing freestanding water and water that is saturated, and controlling humidity, temperature, pressure and air movement.

Different wet/dry shop vacuums have different suction power, and are used with various attachments to increase efficiency. Water extractors can remove multiple gallons of water per minute with suction and compression. The water is forced to the surface and then pulled away so that it does not reabsorb into the carpet or pad. They include different vacuum motors to adjust according to the level needed. The water can be excreted from the extractor manually by emptying the machine’s water bucket, or automatically through hoses using camlock fittings.

Water claws are designed to eliminate the need to remove carpet in order to extract water from the padding below. When standing on the water claw, the tool creates a seal that restricts airflow. Without the flow, the vacuum draws water into the chamber, and the mechanical power is increased by the holes in the suction’s sub-surface.

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