One of the most important steps in a water damage event is dehumidification. It is essential to get the humidity back to pre-loss conditions so there is no mold growth. The normal indoor humidity levels are around 40-60%. When a water damage event occurs, the humidity rises and there is a lot of excess moisture trapped in the air which is stagnant for mold to grow.
Dehumidification is the process of removing moisture from the air. There are two types of dehumidifiers; low-grain refrigerant which operates on the condensation and desiccant which operates on absorption. Low grain refrigerants are the most commonly used which have the ability for cooling the evaporator to significantly lower temperatures using different exchange systems. LGR dehumidifiers come in various sizes which are rated by the pints of moisture removed from the air.
A lot of structural building materials are porous like wood, and drywall which can soak up a lot of moisture. When drying out a house it is important to control the humidity to minimize moisture migration secondary damages and microbial amplification. Dehumidification can also expedite the drying time and can be monitored using hygrometers which detect a variety of things like temperature, humidity, grains per pound, condensation etc.
It is very important to control the humidity and temperature of the air for successful drying after water damage. At Affordable Water Restoration, we monitor the psychometric readings daily and notate them in dry logs which insurance companies often require. We have every sized dehumidifier for small or large losses.
Affordable Water Restoration
11300 Lindbergh Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33913