Mitigation: Water Extraction & Drying
No water loss is the same and the remediation process varies from job to job. But there are a few standard practices that are required on each water restoration project. Our technicians have taken classes and are certified in all areas of the restoration field.
- Water Extraction
- Air movement
- Temperature Control
- Specialty Drying Procedures
1. Water Extraction: The first step of the drying process is water removal / water extraction. We will extract all standing water from the affected material. The more water we can remove from the structure, the faster we can bring the materials to a dry standard.
2. Dehumidification: Before you begin evaporating water from a flooded home or business you must bring the relative humidity within the structure to an acceptable level. If the relative humidity gets too high, secondary damage will begin to occur on non affected areas of the home. For example, if your hot water heater bursts and floods your basement, as the water begins to evaporate the humidity in the basement will rise. Once the humidity reaches 60-70%, porous building materials like drywall will start to absorb water from the air.
In order to create a better drying envelope and avoid secondary damage, we will place commercial dehumidifiers in the flooded area to reduce the amount of water in the air. Once we get the humidity down, the wet materials will start to dry. Wet goes to dry. The moisture from the wet materials will transfer to the dry air which will then be pumped out by the dehumidifiers.
3. Air Movement: In order to accelerate the drying of wet drywall or wet carpet we will use commercial air movers. We will strategically place air movers around the water damaged areas.
4. Temperature Control: The temperature in a flooded home or flooded basement is crucial in the drying process. Introducing heat to a wet building material will accelerate the evaporation process. But once the temperature gets too hot, the dehumidifiers will cease to perform at maximum efficiency. The ideal temperature during drying processes is about 90 degrees.
5. Specialty Drying Procedures: Specialty drying equipment can be used to dry certain materials such as: walls, floors, cabinets, and other cavities. We have specialized wall cavity drying units that can be vented into a wall to dry from the inside out. We also have specialized drying mats to aid in the drying of hardwood flooring.