Drying and Dehumidifying After Water Damage
Using a wet vacuum and mopping up the puddles are only the beginning of the water removal process. The longer the water sat, the more likely it was to be absorbed by your home. Drywall and most types of flooring love soaking up water. They’re very porous materials, and they’ll take on as much water as they can hold. The result is that trapped water will travel, and never have a way to exit your home.
This is why proper the proper drying and dehumidifying processes will make all the difference in the world when it comes to keeping your home safe. After the water damage, there’s tons of water hiding in places you can’t see, and it’s waiting to take over.
The Necessity of Proper Structural Drying
Without proper structural drying, you’re placing your home in a significant amount of danger. The area that’s been exposed to water has undoubtedly absorbed water it was exposed to. There could be water hiding inside of your walls, beneath your floors, or in your ceiling. It may not be apparent at first, and is sometimes hard to detect.
The result of improper drying or failing to dry the structure can be devastating. This water has no way to exit your home, and it will continue to spread inside of it. This can turn a damaged bathroom into damaged kitchens, bedrooms, and closets simply because your walls are connected. After a while, walls will begin to subtly swell or warp. This swelling may fluctuate with the temperature, and may be too subtle to notice.
After a while, this water will start to break down the structure of your home. As the materials that comprise your home begin to swell and warp, they’ll exponentially decrease in their integrity. Walls or ceilings may collapse. Hardwood flooring can buckle, requiring an entire replacement. This water can even travel too close to your electrical system, putting you at an increased risk for an electrical fire.
You may not be able to see the water, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Home restoration specialists utilize several methods to check your home, as well as tools that measure moisture levels. They’ll be able to spot this absorbed water and adequately dry affected areas, before the problem worsens.
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The Risks of Mold
Mold only needs one day to form. It loves dark, damp areas. If there is water in the structure of your home, mold will love to set up camp there. With little exposure to light and nothing to disrupt its growing process, it can quickly take over. You may not know you have mold in your walls or under your floor until it starts to come through the surface.
Mold isn’t just unsightly – it can be fatal to some people. Mold allergies are very severe, and even if no one in your household is allergic, they can still experience breathing complications or symptoms of illness from mold particles floating around your home. If you give mold the right breeding ground, it can infest your whole property. Without proper drying, it’s nearly a guarantee that mold will run rampant.
What Dehumidifying Does
Think about the water cycle. Water is evaporated from the surface, rises into the air, forms into clouds, and rains back down. Clouds can’t form in your house, so any water that evaporates will simply settle elsewhere. It doesn’t have anywhere to go, and that’s where dehumidifiers come in handy. Without a dehumidifier, you won’t be able to remove any of the moisture from the air. The wet air will simply cycle back through your home, remoistening the structure. Structural drying and dehumidifying go hand in hand – neither is effective without the other. It’s a balancing act, and home restoration specialists are familiar with the proper balance for a variety of damage repair situations.
How the Drying and Dehumidifying Processes Work
When a specialists detects moisture that can’t be absorbed from a surface, he or she will set the stage for proper drying and dehumidifying. The first step is locating the area and moving any obstacles out of the way. If upholstered furniture or linens exist in this area, they will have to be removed and properly dried to prevent mold growth and the reintroduction of moisture into the home.
When the space is ready, the specialist will strategically place industrial grade air moving machines around the area. These are big, loud fans with a narrow focus that will concentrate the air on the parts of your home that are retaining water. These fans expedite the evaporation process, coaxing the water out of the structure.
As your home is being dried, the water that’s being removed from the structure will enter the air. The dehumidifier removes the water from the air with a special fan, drawing in the moisture with its cooled coils that are designed to attract water. The water drops from the coils into a reservoir, where it is stored until it’s full and the operator empties the reservoir. Some high-tech dehumidifiers come with attachments that funnel the water directly out of your home, allowing them to be run continuously without having to be emptied.
A specialist will periodically use moisture detection tools to measure the levels of water. If adjustments need to be made to promote better drying, the strategy will be adjusted. Once your home is completely dry and the damage has been handled, dry furniture and personal possessions can be moved back to their original locations.
Getting Your Home Dry
Restoration Local has expert water damage restoration specialists who will be able to properly dry your home. Give us a call any time at 1-888-443-3110 disaster strikes, and we can send someone out to assess the damage and provide you with a free estimate. Your restoration specialists may be able to work with your insurance company to help you file a claim, and they’ll be able to get started right away. The longer you wait, the more severe the damage is likely to become.