Water Damage – The Benefits of Advanced Drying Techniques

Water Restoration

Whenever property is damaged by water, it is essential to dry that property and all contents as quickly and effectively as possible.  In the past, water damage restoration contractors had few options available to them when performing water damage restoration.  Equipment was limited in its availability, variety, efficiency, and effectiveness.  Mitigating water damage and restoring structures to a pre-loss condition was often ineffective. A common and accepted practice among Contractors was simply to remove and discard damaged carpet, pad, and drywall.  Then, of course, it was necessary to install new materials, paint, etc.  The result was a long period of disruption to the occupants and, of course, very significant expense for insurance companies. Today, however, the “science of drying” has improved significantly. Water damaged carpet, pad, and drywall can often be completely restored and do not need replacement.  This results in lower costs for the loss, and it allows the occupants to return to their normal lives much sooner with far less disruption.

Today’s powerful water extraction equipment is far more effective at removing moisture than simple vacuum units – a common practice in times past. Tests have proven that with the best equipment available today, water can be extracted from the pad, through the carpet, leaving the underlying pad slightly moist but not wet. Properly trained water damage restoration professionals use highly effective equipment, procedures and techniques to help keep repair costs down and drying times to a minimum. This means that all of the costs related to the former method can be avoided, such as turning back and/or removing carpet; removing, discarding, and replacing the pad; replacing new carpet or relaying the old; and long-term disruption for the homeowner.

Faster drying also means less time for mold or other fungi to develop or colonize. This helps alleviate possible health problems (including respiratory discomfort and allergic reactions) that occur as a result of fungal contamination.  Organic decay caused by fungi and mildew can weaken structural materials, such as drywall and wood framing, to the point that they must be replaced.  Quick drying, through the use of advanced dehumidification systems, removes moisture and thereby prevents their growth.  With little or no moisture present, mold and mildew either do not start, or die very quickly.

Other benefits of rapidly removing moisture include the prevention of irreversible swelling in porous materials such as paper and wood; shrinkage in some fabrics (such as upholstery and drapes); rust occurring on metals (doorknobs and hinges); and damage to electronic equipment that could occur with high levels of humidity.

Using modern, state-of-the-science equipment returns a structure and its contents to a pre-damaged condition as quickly as possible.  Some of these newer technologies include:

Most importantly in a situation dealing with water damage, is how effective your professionals are. PuroClean’s knowledgeable restoration professionals invest in the latest equipment and have the training, knowledge, equipment and expertise to properly remove moisture and thereby dry structures and contents. That means the home is returned to a pre-damaged state more quickly – minimizing all related costs and inconvenience including additional living expenses for the insurance company and homeowner.  If you have water damage, make sure to call your local PuroClean office, the Paramedics of Property Damage.

Last edited on 18th of February 2021

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