Drying and Dehumidifying:
The 3rd step in the Water Damage Restoration Process

After a water damage problem, first comes water damage inspection and assessment. Then water removal. Water removal from your home or business after a flood or storm, burst pipes, leaky roof, or water from any other source is not enough. You have to dry out and dehumidify your home and materials. If you stop at water removal, you will experience more damage, especially to properties such as furniture or the structure of your home that might have absorbed water. 

Then comes drying and dehumidification. It is the third step in the water damage restoration process. This step is crucial to ensure that all materials are properly dried out and dehumidified to prevent further damage and growth of mold. After removing moisture in the water removal process of water damage restoration, your home may look dry, but some materials can still be wet to the touch. These materials may suffer more damage if left alone, such as growing mold, breaking, and warping. To prevent these outcomes, you must proceed to the process that ensures they are dried. We use industrial-quality equipment, including dehumidifiers, to dry out any remaining water or inaccessible areas during the water extraction process. We ensure that there is no moisture content in areas of your home where there shouldn’t be any. By doing this, we also prevent mold growth and structural damage if your walls or other parts of your building’s structure are affected.

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How do I Dry and Dehumidify My Home after a Water Damage Event?

Drying and dehumidifying the home after water damage is a process better left to the experts. This doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. You can do it yourself by using the right tools. But the professionals will better tell the extent of the damage and know how much work they need to do and the appropriate equipment required to restore your house to a healthy condition. Call us if your home has been damaged by water. From the assessment we carry, we would be able to tell if we would need to go as deep to conducting structural drying and dehumidification or if we only need to dry out some of your belongings and remove standing water.

Why Do You Need to Call Professionals When You Have a Water Emergency?

There are too many things to consider when trying to restore a water-damaged home or business. While you might get equipment to do it yourself, you have to understand relative humidity, air temperature, your HVAC system, and many others necessary in the drying process. Drying your home goes beyond blowing hot air on the areas affected using your HVAC system and other machines. Professionals, like us, understand everything needed and are trained to provide dehumidification services to restore your home to a safe environment and prevent significant damage.

At H2O Mold Remediation Gurus, we provide impeccable residential and commercial drying and dehumidification services using the best equipment to get the job done. These include but are not limited to drying fans, dehumidifiers, hopper dryers, desiccant dehumidifiers, and air dryers. Throughout the drying process, we will monitor the walls and floors, and other affected areas of your building to ensure that your home is ready for the cleaning process. We take structural drying seriously, as anything that affects the structure of your property can result in structural damage and structural failure. If the structure of your home has absorbed moisture, you will need to act instantly to prevent building collapse.

Drying vs. Dehumidifying - What's the Difference Between these Two Processes?

A few different types of equipment are used for drying materials after water damage: dehumidifiers, industrial air movers, and heaters. The first two items work to pull the moisture out of materials via evaporation. Dehumidification works similarly but uses refrigeration instead of power-hungry heating components like an air mover. Air movers work by blowing heated air through the affected area. They are great for drying out any accessible materials but cannot dry items that still contain water or were too difficult to access during water extraction. This is where dehumidification comes in handy! Dehumidifiers remove humidity from these areas and prevent further damage so they can dry out naturally. To simplify the distinction, the drying process rids your materials of water, while dehumidifying helps to eliminate moisture from the air. One focuses on your belongings; the other focuses on the air within your property.

The Drying and Dehumidification Process

First, you need to remove excess moisture that is still present in any materials that you can reach with a dehumidifier or air mover. This will help the drying process from taking too long and make sure your home does not suffer further damage. Next, we use industrial-strength dehumidifiers and drying fans to remove all of the remaining moisture in your property. This will stop any further damage from happening as a result of excess humidity. Finally, it is crucial that you continue monitoring any materials for residual dampness after this process is complete – even if they looked dry at first glance. This will ensure you can prevent mold growth by completely removing moisture from the damp materials. Mold and mildew can result in health issues.

Are you planning on drying a water-damaged home or business?

H2O Mold Remediation Gurus is a water damage restoration company. We provide quality restoration services and use industrial-quality air movers and dehumidifiers to dry any materials that still contain water or were too challenging to access during water extraction. We have a team of experts on standby 24/7 to help out with your drying and dehumidification needs.