Any time you have water damage, and no matter the scale that it occurs on, the operative word for the cleanup process is “dry”. All affected surfaces must be completely dried out in order to avoid long term problems such as mold from occurring. Mold is a virtual certainty any time there is sufficient moisture and humidity levels present for it to grow.
The restoration industry utilizes a number of drying methods, and the one that is used depends upon the depth and severity of the spill. In most cases, there are four methods that may be brought to bear.
Air drying is the most common, making use of air circulation throughout the damaged area to get rid of moisture from surfaces and the immediate atmosphere. Of course the single most obvious plus here is the lack of cost, since Mother Nature can do a lot of it for you. Unfortunately the end result is not always immediately clear, and with time being such a factor in any case of water damage, it is important to be sure that all affected areas are thoroughly dried out.
Air drying may be enhanced and hurried along through the use of high velocity fans, blowers, or air moving devices. Placing a number of these units throughout the damage zone will really speed up the drying process. The more units available, the better…and they should be moved around every few hours to ensure complete drying coverage.
Dehumidification is another drying process, designed to remove any remaining moisture from the area and bring humidity levels down to within normal parameters, say 40-45%. Dehumidifiers come in a variety of sizes and capacities, and used individually or in multiple units can be quite effective at maintaining normal humidity levels within a home or business.
Freezer drying, or cryogenic drying, is the preferred method of handling more delicate items that may have been damaged by water, such as books or photographs. Freezer drying is just what it sounds like, the freezing of the affected material, reducing the surrounding pressure, and allowing the frozen water in the damaged material to sublimate directly from solid to gas.
Of course the drying process used in your home will depend on the severity of the problem, and this is where your local water damage restoration professionals come in. Drymeout.com services Tavares and the entire Florida West coast with top flight water restoration services.