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Water Damage Technicians in Hollywood Discuss the Key Factors for Structural Drying

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Technicians in Hollywood Discuss the Key Factors for Structural Drying Contact SERVPRO right away when facing water damage. Our team is prompt and does a thorough assessment before beginning the remediation process.

Team SERVPRO Follows a Proven Process When Remediating Your Home After Water Damage

If water ever leaks into your Hollywood home, getting it removed promptly is essential. If items inside your house stay saturated for an extended period, materials can lose their structural integrity. If moisture levels inside organic materials such as wood and drywall stay elevated, then microbial growth can occur.
 
The first step in saving wet materials from getting ruined is the extraction phase. During every water damage remediation project in Hollywood, vacuuming up as much moisture as possible is vital. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized extraction equipment on carpet and upholstery before the drying stage begins.
 
Once the extractor stops pulling out water, we begin the structural drying process. When reducing moisture levels within building materials and contents, there are many factors that affect how quickly materials will dry. Our SERVPRO experts take humidity and moisture level readings to devise a plan to dry out the structure as quickly as possible.
 
The main factors that affect how quickly a building will dry include the amount of water to be evaporated, the indoor and outdoor temperatures, humidity, and air movement. During evaporation water always seeks dry air to move to so it can create an equilibrium. Moisture from building materials and contents moves first to the dry air on the surface. Then, wet air moves to areas where the air is drier.
 
Evaporation takes place at a faster rate when the indoor temperatures in the building are between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on how wet materials got, dehumidifiers work well to remove moisture from the air after it evaporates off of the wet substances. Materials dry best when the relative humidity in the affected room is between 30% and 50%. Air movement that gets created with industrial air movers causes circulation that pushes the wet air away from damp items.
 
Structural drying is most efficient when equipment is used to manipulate the factors of drying so that it gets completed at a quicker rate. Depending on what gets affected and how bad the damage is, various combinations and types of drying equipment and dehumidifiers can be utilized. For help creating an environment conducive to rapid structural drying, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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