Proper drying of buildings requires knowledge of controlling the environmental conditions

 

Proper drying of buildings after water damage or flooding requires a deep understanding of and control over environmental conditions. The key environmental factors that play a crucial role in the drying process include:

  1. Temperature: Warmer air can hold more moisture, which can speed up the drying process. Controlled heating of the affected area is often used to facilitate drying.
  2. Relative Humidity: The relative humidity of the air affects how readily it can absorb moisture. Lowering the relative humidity in the affected area can help moisture evaporate more efficiently.
  3. Airflow: Adequate airflow is essential to carry moisture away from wet surfaces. Fans and dehumidifiers are commonly used to promote airflow and improve drying.
  4. Moisture Content: Monitoring the moisture content of affected materials is crucial. Moisture meters and sensors can help determine when materials have reached an acceptable level of dryness.
  5. Psychrometry: Psychrometry is the study of the physical and thermodynamic properties of air and how they relate to moisture. Professionals in water mitigation often use psychrometric calculations to determine optimal conditions for drying.
  6. Ventilation: Proper ventilation helps exchange humid indoor air with drier outdoor air, which can accelerate the drying process.
  7. Dehumidification: Dehumidifiers are used to remove excess moisture from the air, lowering the relative humidity and enhancing the drying process.
  8. Containment: In some cases, it may be necessary to create containment barriers to isolate the affected area and control environmental conditions within that space.
  9. Monitoring: Continuous monitoring of environmental conditions and moisture levels is essential throughout the drying process to ensure that it is progressing effectively.

Water mitigation professionals are trained to assess these environmental factors and use a combination of equipment and techniques to control them optimally. This discipline takes quite a while to fully understand and master. Achieving the right balance of temperature, relative humidity, and airflow is critical to prevent secondary damage like mold growth and structural deterioration. Effective control of environmental conditions is central to the success of the drying and restoration process in water-damaged buildings. Hiring companies that have advanced training such as being a WLS-Water Loss Specialist or a CR-Certified Restorer will ensure the best possible outcome. These designations take years to acquire and master the paths to environmental dominance. Restoration Logistics has these skills in house since 1986.