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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Drying Out Water Damage

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

After a plumbing disaster, Greater Carrollwood/ Citrus Park homeowners need a water-vac to pull water off the floor, open the doors and windows, and rent a rug shampooer from the local big box store. To restore a home takes a professional restoration service. Drying a home with water damage in Greater Carrollwood/ Citrus Park requires attention to four key factors that affect humidity.

SERVPRO restoration specialists train to analyze each one, so they know which drying methods and equipment they need to use in each home. It all comes down to HEAT. Humidity levels determine the level of water vapor in the air in a home compared its capacity. A level of 60 percent or higher indicates the air is saturated. That greatly slows evaporation and increases drying time. Specialists use dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity level in each affected room. Working dehumidifiers can lower the level up to 20 percent every 24 hours.

Evaporation is the natural process of water converting to vapor. With large amounts of water, it is slow. Our SERVPRO specialists use pumps and smaller extraction devices to remove the bulk of the standing water. They get the amount below two inches in depth, the rate evaporation increases. An augment rate of evaporation with dehumidifiers are to exhaust fans to increase movement, forcing saturated air outside the home.

Air movement increases using causing dry air to spread across damp surfaces like walls, tables, and countertops to increase the rate of evaporation. The combination of air movers and fans to increase air movement is useful to dry clothing in a gentle manner which doesn't damage the fabric. Temperature is an important factor. Since the preferred range to dry home and property is 70 to 90 degrees, we try to engage the HVAC system if it is operational.

If not, specialists use space heaters to raise the internal temperature. They monitor the temperature to keep it under 80 degrees on the first day; however, since a higher temperature can increase the humidity.

At SERVPRO of Greater Carrollwood/ Citrus Park, we use every tool and method available to return every residence to a dry, safe condition for families to live in once again. If you have had a recent water issue in your home, call us at (813) 694-9085 to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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