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Water Damage - The Benefits of Advanced Drying
In the past,
contractors had few options available to them when performing
water-damage restoration. Equipment was limited in its availability,
variety, efficiency, and effectiveness. Mitigating damage and
restoring structures to a pre-loss condition often proved ineffective.
A common and accepted practice among contractors was simply to
remove and discard damaged carpet, padding, and drywall. Of course,
that required installing new replacements, resulting in additional
cost and time for insurers, contractors, and homeowners.
science of drying has improved significantly. Water-damaged
carpeting, pads, and drywall often can be completely restored
instead of replaced - sometimes in better condition than they
were in prior to the damage.
Moisture Extraction Techniques
powerful extraction equipment is far more effective at removing
moisture than wet/dry vacuums - a common practice used for moisture
removal in times past. In fact, many tests have proven that with
todays extraction equipment, water can be extracted through
carpeting, leaving the underlying pad slightly moist, but not
wet. Todays highly efficient techniques keep repair costs
down and drying times to a minimum. This means that all of the
costs related to the former method can be avoided, such as:
back and/or removing carpet
discarding, and replacing the pad
new carpet or relaying the old
disruption for the homeowner
also means less time for mold or other fungi to develop or colonize.
This helps alleviate possible health problems (including respiratory
discomfort and allergic reactions) that occur as a result. Organic
decay caused by fungi and mildew can weaken structural materials
such as drywall and wood framing to the point that they must be
replaced. Quick drying, through the use of advanced dehumidification
systems, robs these harmful agents of moisture - a primary requirement
for their growth. With little or no moisture present, mold and
mildew either do not start or die very quickly.
of rapid moisture removal is the prevention of irreversible swelling
in porous materials such as paper and wood, shrinkage in some
fabrics (such as upholstery and drapes), metal rusting (doorknobs
and hinges), and electronic equipment that could fail with high
levels of humidity.
state-of-the-art equipment returns a structure and its contents
to a pre-damaged condition as quickly as possible. Some of these
latest technologies include:
professional will use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers
to reduce relative humidity to as low as 15%, removing up to 15
gallons of water from the air per day of operation. Older dehumidifiers
struggled to reduce relative humidity to 40%, pulling perhaps
5 gallons of moisture from the air per day. This disparity represents
a vast improvement in efficiency, resulting in faster drying times
(24 to 48 hours as opposed to four or more days with other methods).
In the right
setting, a restoration professional will turn to a Desiccant Dehumidifier.
Desiccants use materials such as silica gel that absorbs moisture
from air. Desiccant dehumidifiers generate extremely dry air (down
to 5%) and very warm temperatures (up to 100.F). When necessary,
they operate very effectively, even if the environment is below
freezing. New technology allows these units to operate using standard
household 110-volt circuits . making their use appropriate for
residential, as well as commercial settings.
of moisture-eliminating equipment that a professional will employ
dries the inside of walls without removing drywall. In this process,
baseboards are removed and small holes are drilled through walls
near the base. Air is then forced into the cavity behind the wall.
This dramatically reduces drying time for the wall - often to
less than half of what it would take to dry it by other methods.
The forced air approach also works for certain types of insulation,
again eliminating the need to remove drywall in order to gain
access. This method is especially appropriate when water damage
originates from above the room being treated. In many cases, it
is the only way to effectively save the walls.
restoration contractors such as PuroClean Home Rescue (866-722-7876)
invest in the latest equipment and know the most effective and
efficient ways to remove moisture and dry structures and contents.
That means the home is returned to a pre-damaged state more quickly
- minimizing all related costs and inconvenience, along with any
additional living expenses for the insurance company and homeowner.