Get The Quality Drying Services You Deserve To Battle Water Damage In Your Home Today

Get The Quality Drying Services You Deserve To Battle Water Damage In Your Home Today

By Roxanne Turnbloom

Regardless of the type of water damage event happening on your property, a quality restoration company can help. Making the decision about whom to use for your repairs, is entirely up to you. When facing water damage in your home, drying your entire house and its contents quickly are important. Four factors affect the amount of time required for drying including temperature, the amount of exposure, humidity, and air movement.

Restoration companies operate by the term “wet to dry.” The rule means that moisture moves from wet materials to drier-materials or wet-air to drier air seeking balance. Dry air often absorbs moisture from wet surfaces, while dry surfaces absorb moisture from the wet air. Each of the four factors they use during the drying process affects the process of wet going to dry.

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To obtain an optimal drying environment room temperatures should reach 70 to 90-degrees since hot air can hold more moisture. Portable heaters become useful in situations where heat is unavailable. Allowing temperatures to exceed 85-degrees within the first days of drying could result in too much moisture, causing secondary damages to form.

Technicians attempt to extract or pump as much water as possible out of the structure, which allows for an easier, faster drying process and less equipment. Truck mounted extractors can extract 36,000-gallons of water each day, while the best dehumidifier can only extract 30-gallons of water per day, making physical extraction far more efficient. Spending a considerable amount of time using hand-held or truck mounted extractors reduces drying time considerably. Removing carpet padding and additional unrestorable materials from the area before attempting to start the drying process.

Relative Humidity (RH) consists of the amount of moisture the air is holding at a given temperature. An RH of 30 to 50 percent is what most people consider comfortable, while anything over 60 percent slows the drying process. With all of the proper precautions taken, the RH of an area should be below 40 percent after 24-hours of drying. Using dehumidifiers is the most efficient way of lowering relative humidity. If not maintained correctly, dehumidifiers can reduce an area’s RH below 30%, possibly causing additional damages to develop.

Technicians use air movement as a significant drying tool. The air found in a water-damaged room is typically damp and humid, slowing evaporation and dehumidification efforts. They have discovered that blowing moist air out and bringing warm, dry air in speeds drying time. Contact a water damage restoration company today for a quality drying experience in your water damaged home.


Returning to Normal After Fire Damage

By Roxanne Turnbloom

When a fire happens, your life can change more than you could think. However, knowing where to start can help you out. No matter what type of building you reside in, fire damage can be quite severe. Many of your things and the building itself can be severely damaged by the smoke, flames, water and heat. Some things that didn’t burn up are now ruined because of the smoke and also soggy with water which was used to put the flames out. Anything that can be salvaged will have to be cleaned carefully. You also could find that the firefighters have cut holes into the walls so they can find any flames that are hidden. There could be holes cut into the roof as well to allow smoke and heat to escape. The cleanup will take patience and time.

Be Careful
You should realize the risk to your health and safety even after the fire is extinguished. The dirty water and soot left behind can have things in it which could make you ill. Therefore, be quite careful if you do go in your home and touch any items that were damaged by the fire. Speak with the fire department, your insurance agent, local building official and restoration specialist before you start any repairs or cleanup. You should not enter your damaged structure in the first place unless the fire department has deemed it safe to do so. Fires can begin again even after they look to be extinguished. Floors and roofs could fall from the damage that was done.Smoke Damage

The fire department will check that your utilities such as gas, water and electricity are safe to use or not. If they are not, they will disconnect them all before they leave. Do not attempt to turn them back on by yourself. Speak with the police department as well to alert them that you’ll be away from your home for a time. You could need to board up any openings in some cases so that no people or animals can get in while you are not there.

Handling The Damage
A company who is trained in fire damage restoration need to be contacted since they will be the experts at restoring or cleaning your items.
Ask for an estimate of the costs for the work before anything begins and has an agreement in writing drawn up. You can find names for these companies in the phone book and on the Internet, or you can speak to your insurance company for ones they have used in the past. Talk to someone who has used a particular company you are considering before you hire them.

Services You Should Expect:
● Securing your home from more damage
● Estimating the damage
● Doing any needed repairs
● Estimating the cost of repairs or replacement
● Storing your items that are salvageable
● Hiring repair or cleaning subcontractors