After a disaster occurs that leaves a residential or business dwelling with water damage, you want to act fast to prevent further damage. Water removal and structural drying are two important phases of home restoration after water damage has occurred.
In this post we will cover what structural drying is and why professional services should be used.
What is Structural Drying?
Structural drying is the process of removing moisture from the elements of a structure until they’re back to dry standard. The dry standard is any material’s natural moisture level.1 There are four key steps to this process to ensure drying is complete which are:
1. Water Removal
Excess standing water is removed from the area using high powered pumps.
After removing excess water surfaces will still be damp and need to be dried out. Using high powered fans it increases the air flow resulting in evaporation. Specialized fans can provide high-pressure airflow that will help dry out excessive dampness.1
In this step we pull water vapor from the air using a dehumidification machine. These machines can be used both commercially and residentially to resolved problems caused by humidity.
4. Temperature Management
The warmer the air the quicker it evaporates. Maintaining a steady temperature will make this process more effective. The building’s temperature should be between 70-90 degrees for effective drying. Temperatures above 90 degrees is harder on equipment so don’t set the temperature above 90 degrees.
Now that we have listed the steps in the drying process, we will talk about why this is best accomplished with professional help.
Why Use Professional Services?
Time is of the essence for proper water removal and drying. If drying is not done fast enough water can migrate to unaffected areas (secondary damage) or create conditions favorable to microbial growth. This may also cause wood to warp or swell.2