Drying of the structure is extremely important in a water loss. If the structure is not dried in the appropriate time or with the appropriate procedures, significant secondary damage is likely to occur. The proper drying procedures can save the property owner and the insurance company thousands of dollars in replacement costs.
Complete an authorization form, and have the insured sign and date it.
Identify all health and safety hazards of the job. Look for electrical problems or gas leaks and post warning signs where needed. Provide proper PPE (personal protective equipment) for all technicians.
Perform water extraction procedures as needed in all affected areas. Extraction is important, as the rate of water removal is 1200 times greater than that of evaporation.
A thorough inspection, (including complete communication with the customer), of all areas is mandatory to determine what has been affected and will need to be dried. You will need the proper tools to perform this procedure such as a Hygrometer and Moisture Meter. It is a good idea to have a penetrating and a non-penetrating meter depending on the situation. A complete understanding of the science of psychrometry is a must for structural drying.
Test all structure materials such as paneling, plaster and wood, especially cabinets and hard wood floors. Remove contents to protect from secondary damage and dry/restore as needed.
Install the type and amount of equipment needed to increase evaporation. This is caused by airflow from Air Movers or Axial Fans. For hard-to-reach areas such as cabinets and wall cavities, you may need the Air Wolf and Wolf Pack or the Dri Force Inter Air Drying System by Dri Eaz.
The process of evaporation will create humidity in the airspace and this moisture must be removed through dehumidification. Install the size and number of dehumidifiers necessary to remove the moisture and dry the structure. The Drizair LGR 2000 is the premier dehumidifier for this application.In some cases, such as when you are dealing with hard wood floors, you may need to use a desiccant dehumidifier to achieve desired results.