Following a flood, it’s critical to dry water-damaged properties and contents as promptly as possible. In the past, water damage restoration contractors had several options available to them if performing water damage restoration. Equipment was limited in its accessibility, variety, efficiency, and efficacy. It was not only slow but would also result in removing and discarding damaged contents.
Then, of course, it was necessary to install new substances, paint, etc. The result was a lengthy period of disruption to the occupants and extra expenses for insurance companies. Thanks to modern equipment, we can fully restore water damaged properties and materials with minimal intrusion.
Some of the latest drying technologies include:
- LGR Dehumidifiers — These tools can eliminate up to 16 gallons of water from the air every day. Elderly dehumidifiers were able to reduce the humidity to only 40%, removing about 5 gallons of water per day. This disparity represents a huge improvement in efficiency, leading to faster drying times — 24 to 48 hours as opposed to four or more days with older equipment.
- Desiccants — In the ideal setting, restoration professionals can turn into a desiccant dehumidifier. Desiccants discharge a very warm and dry atmosphere (5% relative humidity and 110 degrees F) into humid places, removing moisture. They utilize silica gel to absorb humidity in the air. Desiccants operate quite efficiently, even if the environment is under freezing.
- Intra-wall Drying — This technique helps the drying procedure in the walls without removing drywall. In this procedure, baseboards are eliminated, and tiny holes are drilled through walls near the base. Technicians then push air into the cavity behind the wall. This dramatically reduces drying time to the wall, often to less than half what it might take to wash it by additional methods. The driven air system also works for particular forms of insulating material, again eliminating the need to remove drywall to acquire access. This method is especially suitable when water damage arises from above the affected room. Oftentimes, it’s the only way to efficiently save the walls.
- Rescue Mat Systems — Today’s powerful water extraction equipment is far more effective at removing moisture than vacuum components, a frequent practice in times past. Rescue mat systems may extract water out of hardwood flooring efficiently, leaving the underlying mat slightly moist but not wet.
Other benefits of using advanced drying tools
- Lower expenses — Wet carpet, pad, and gutters can frequently be completely restored and don’t need replacement. This results in lower prices for the loss, and it enables the occupants to go back to their regular lives much sooner with much less disruption. Also, modern technology may prevent the costs associated with old methods, like turning back and/or removing carpet; removing, discarding, and replacing the pad; replacing the new carpeting, or relaying the aged.
- Preventing mold — This helps alleviate possible health problems, for example, respiratory distress and allergic reactions, which bacterial contamination may cause. In addition, mold may weaken structural substances, such as drywall and wood framing, to the point that they have to be replaced. Employing advanced dehumidification systems removes moisture and so will help prevent mold growth. With little or no moisture present, mold and mildew either don’t start or perish very quickly.
- Other benefits — of rapidly removing moisture include the prevention of irreversible swelling in porous substances, such as wood and paper; shrinkage in certain fabrics, like upholstery and curtains; rust happening on metals like doorknobs and hinges and damage to electronic equipment that could happen with high levels of humidity.
Professional disaster restorers have also enhanced
Most importantly in a situation dealing with water damage is the way successful professionals are now. PuroClean’s knowledgeable restoration professionals invest in the latest equipment and have the training and expertise to correctly remove moisture. That means your house will return to its original state more rapidly, reducing all associated expenses and hassle.
For water damage brought on by storms and floods, as well as smoke, fire, mold remediation services, and flood cleanup, call your local PuroClean office.