The drying out process is one of the most important parts of water damage restoration. If moisture remains present in an area, it takes only 24 hours for mold to begin growing. That could mean big problems like health hazards, structural safety, and high costs for repairs. It’s helpful to know what to expect when you’re going through water cleanup, so we’re sharing 3 things to know about the drying out portion of the water restoration process.
Time is Critical
- If you have standing water, dampness, or other water damage you will need to make a call to professional services to help with drying, cleaning, sanitizing, and mold prevention. Acting promptly in these situations is vital to avoid further damage.
- After damage, many of the home’s porous materials will retain water, running the risk of mold growth, warping, or breakage. Mold can begin growing in as little as 24 hours.
- Once a professional water restoration specialist is onsite, they will work through the process of water cleanup, including water removal, decontamination, drying or disposal of items and structures, and moving home items back into place.
- Complete water removal, drying, and decontamination are vital to treat, or reverse damage caused by unwanted water accumulation and to restore a home to livable, pre-damage conditions. It is recommended that a professional water restoration company is called. They will have the training, tools, and equipment necessary to work quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.
Use of Specialized Equipment
- Water will first have to be extracted from the affected area.
- Once standing water has been removed, specialized equipment will be brought in to take care of remaining moisture. This includes powerful industrial air movers and dehumidifiers. These portable machines will go to work increasing general air circulation and removing excess moisture from the air. They are quick and extremely effective at the drying of surfaces like floors. They will also provide the best access to other hard-to-access or hidden areas that have retained water.
- Progress will be monitored using meters to ensure that materials in your home return to the proper dry state. The equipment will also be checked periodically to see if adjustments need to be made.
- Drying equipment is made to run continuously. It should not be moved or turned off by a homeowner.
- This complete process can take 3-14 days depending on the size of the home or office and the amount of the affected area.
- Every portion of an affected area will need to be assessed for moisture. Damaged materials will have to be disposed of. Insulation, drywall, molding, baseboards, wallpaper, and other materials are among some of the things that often hide moisture and will need to be removed.
- Drying equipment will be left onsite at your home or business as part of the water clean-up process. It should not be disturbed. Periodic monitoring will take place and machines may be moved when adjustments need to be made. Once meters and testing determine an area has been dried to approved standards, the equipment will be removed.
- Your damaged property will likely need professional cleaning. This may include walls, floors, and personal items affected by the disaster.
- Odor removers or fogging equipment may be brought in to eliminate odors.
- Some situations call for sanitizing and disinfecting treatments to clean the home.
- Once dry-out and disinfecting is complete, the area is ready for restoration repairs.
There is a lot that goes into the water extraction and drying out process after damages due to water. Having the professional help and support you need during this kind of crisis is monumental. At Pro Response Restoration we have a wonderful IICRC certified team ready to take your call. Our caring and professional crew will be there every step of the way to answer your questions and get you through the recovery process. We are available 24/7. Call today! 469-858-1811
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