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Water Restoration Published August 18, 2020

Rain, Rain, Go Away…Please don’t come inside to stay!!

As storms are moving through Cincinnati and Dayton water is possibly entering your home or office and affecting your drywall.

Drying wet walls quickly is key to preventing further structural damage, mold, and high replacement costs. Drywall is an absorbent material that contains gypsum and a cardboard-like paper on both sides. Drywall can wick water up to 30 inches or more and be present on both sides of the wall. Often, however, it’s higher on the inside due to reduced evaporation on that side of the drywall. While water damage is sometimes visible, at other times the wall does not show signs of this moisture. Professional moisture detection tools are used to locate abnormal levels of moisture in various building materials. These tools can include sensors, moisture meters, infrared cameras, and other specialty devices. When PuroClean arrives on-site to assist with wet drywall here is what you can expect.

Step 1: Turn off the water at the main and be sure the problem is fixed. PuroClean works with a list of reputable plumbers in Cincinnati and Dayton, if you need a name one can be provided to you.

Step 2: Determine the extent of the water damage using a range of water damage restoration tools. One choice is a non-invasive moisture meter. This meter uses radio waves to test for water without putting holes in the wall.

Step 3: Discuss scope of work and options with the homeowner/ property manager. Set the game plan to move forward.

Step 4: If necessary, extract the water and/or remove affected materials that are unable to be dried in place.

Step 5: Place all necessary equipment; airmovers, dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, electrical boxes and/or injecta dry or hardwood mat system.

Step 6: Final walk through with the homeowner/property manager to explain what is happening and ensure all questions have been answered.

It is important to note: Restoration professionals will monitor and document the drying system at least once a day. That ensures the equipment is operating correctly and for making necessary changes during the drying process. Monitoring includes moisture measurements that are documented throughout the entire process until all materials affected have returned to their pre-loss condition or dry standard.