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Combining Air Movers & Dehumidifiers to Repair Flood Damage in Monument Homes

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and SERVPRO Water Extraction Methods Mitigate Damage in Monument

SERVPRO's Training Maximizes Moisture Removal after Flooding

When a property is flooded (either by natural or domestic means), it must be dried out as quickly as possible, preferably by a professional team. The quicker that repairs can be started, the more of the home can be salvaged. If you experience flooding and delay the clean-up process, you could run into further problems with extensive damp and mold.

Fortunately, the drying techniques used by SERVPRO are highly effective. The equipment employed to repair flood damage in Monument homes is set up fast, to ensure the minimum of downtime between the flood and clean-up. With the help of sophisticated water pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers, our technicians can get you dry again in no time.

This handy guide to the basics of flood damage repair will help you understand why these machines are so important.

Why Are Air Movers and Dehumidifiers Different?
Dehumidifiers and air movers can look similar, and they produce the same result (expedient manners of water removal), but they do it in different ways. They are commonly combined by flood damage technicians because they provide a more comprehensive drying process when used together.

Dehumidifiers actually suck moisture out of the air and contain it. On the other hand, air movers direct fresh, clean air around the affected area, in the same way as a fan might. So, the air movers push dry, clean air into the flooded space, where it becomes saturated with moisture. The dehumidifier then captures this air and removes the moisture. It pumps the dry, clean air back out into the room, where it is caught by the air movers and the process begins again. This self-perpetuating cycle enables the SERVPRO team to set the drying machines up and leave them to do their work, while they attend to other areas of the building.

Why Is It Important to Get the Right Balance?
The SERVPRO technicians are trained in the most advanced flood restoration techniques. This includes knowing exactly how to set up air movers and dehumidifiers in a way which guarantees fast, effective drying. They will need to inspect the affected area before starting repairs so that they can determine how many machines are required. Too many placed devices positioned incorrectly can be counterproductive to moisture removal.

Obviously, the bigger the flooded area, the more drying tools will be used. However, it isn’t always so simple. When both dehumidifiers and air movers are brought on site, the number has to be perfect. Too many dehumidifiers and the drying process will be very slow. Too many air movers and the air will stay very humid and potentially cause further damage.

Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes have all of the knowledge and skills needed to dry your home quickly and safely. Call us 24/7 at (719) 434-4626 today.

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