By Bert Gabledon
There are many techniques used by quality water damage restoration companies to help you recover from water damage in your home. A properly trained technician uses airflow to dry structures effectively. Removing standing water from your home is just the beginning. The water damage restoration company you use needs to understand which drying procedures are efficient and which are not.
A restoration company finds that airflow is one of the most important tools a water damage technician can use. Positioning air movers in the correct manner produces great results. However, without the proper training, it can also cause significant problems. Air movers placed in a clockwise pattern with the inlet towards the wall and the snout touching the wall, allow all of the affected walls to touch the air stream provided by the movers. Sometimes a ceiling requires drying as well, airflow directed across a wet ceiling helps evaporate moisture while also circulating warm air throughout the area.
Technicians find ventilation particularly useful in hard to dry areas, such as the inside of walls or small crawl spaces. Instances, where water gets trapped within your walls that may require the use of ventilated box fans to dry the entire area. Technicians drill a 1.5-inch hole between studs and use specialty drying attachments for air movers to force air into the wall cavity. If excessive water is present, they remove the baseboard and drill several quarter-inch holes to drain the water from the area, taking particular caution to avoid damaging the baseboard or wall.
Airflow used alongside dehumidifiers provide the best drying experience. Dehumidifiers push hot, dry air into the surrounding environment, allowing for more successful drying in hard to reach wet areas. Positioning is important; air movers should never blow air directly into the back of a dehumidifier. However, a dehumidifier should be aimed toward air movers to direct the hot air where most effective.
Technicians use thermo-hygrometers and other monitoring equipment and documentation to check the conditions of the structure regularly during the drying process. Taking readings for relative humidity, current temperature, and moisture content often helps reach intended goals. They continue monitoring until the entire drying process is complete, often moving drying equipment as needed until the building, structure, and contents goals signify completion.