By Roxanne Turnbloom
Regardless of the type of water damage event happening on your property, a quality restoration company can help. Making the decision about whom to use for your repairs, is entirely up to you. When facing water damage in your home, drying your entire house and its contents quickly are important. Four factors affect the amount of time required for drying including temperature, the amount of exposure, humidity, and air movement.
Restoration companies operate by the term “wet to dry.” The rule means that moisture moves from wet materials to drier-materials or wet-air to drier air seeking balance. Dry air often absorbs moisture from wet surfaces, while dry surfaces absorb moisture from the wet air. Each of the four factors they use during the drying process affects the process of wet going to dry.
To obtain an optimal drying environment room temperatures should reach 70 to 90-degrees since hot air can hold more moisture. Portable heaters become useful in situations where heat is unavailable. Allowing temperatures to exceed 85-degrees within the first days of drying could result in too much moisture, causing secondary damages to form.
Technicians attempt to extract or pump as much water as possible out of the structure, which allows for an easier, faster drying process and less equipment. Truck mounted extractors can extract 36,000-gallons of water each day, while the best dehumidifier can only extract 30-gallons of water per day, making physical extraction far more efficient. Spending a considerable amount of time using hand-held or truck mounted extractors reduces drying time considerably. Removing carpet padding and additional unrestorable materials from the area before attempting to start the drying process.
Relative Humidity (RH) consists of the amount of moisture the air is holding at a given temperature. An RH of 30 to 50 percent is what most people consider comfortable, while anything over 60 percent slows the drying process. With all of the proper precautions taken, the RH of an area should be below 40 percent after 24-hours of drying. Using dehumidifiers is the most efficient way of lowering relative humidity. If not maintained correctly, dehumidifiers can reduce an area’s RH below 30%, possibly causing additional damages to develop.
Technicians use air movement as a significant drying tool. The air found in a water-damaged room is typically damp and humid, slowing evaporation and dehumidification efforts. They have discovered that blowing moist air out and bringing warm, dry air in speeds drying time. Contact a water damage restoration company today for a quality drying experience in your water damaged home.