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Factors Affecting Water Damage Drying for Naples Properties

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

4 SERVPRO employees holding up IICRC water damage restoration certifications Our IICRC certified and trained water restoration technicians use advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment to restore your home.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Establish Accurate Water Damage Drying Goals

Home water cleanup can seem like an easy enough task for most Naples homeowners to tackle. However, soaking up excess water permeating area rugs or drywall can lead to potential mold growth or subflooring water damage. Certified professionals can save home occupants time and money with their knowledge of moisture mitigation strategies and drying equipment.

Naples water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to render home water damage cleanup and drying services. The drying process covers structural materials like wood and drywall and residential contents like upholstery, shelving, cabinetry, keepsakes, and documents.

Conditions That Affect Residential Water Damage Drying

While DIY solutions may seem viable for home water mitigation, Naples homeowners may want to reconsider. Various factors impact the success of drying, including:

  • Relative humidity is the amount of moisture in the air in an affected space. Blowing fans alone in a room with over 40% relative humidity (RH) without adequate ventilation or dehumidification can create unintentional secondary damage.
  • The types of surfaces affected by water. A home office with wet electronics, books, and documents requires specialized care to return to a pre-disaster state successfully. Heat-drying can potentially warp and cause further damage to important books and papers. Electronics may require servicing by a licensed professional after experiencing water damage.
  • Equilibrium moisture content (EMC) determines the moisture content of an item when dry compared to its typical environment. EMC can vary based on region. In many coastal locales in the US, EMC for structural materials like wood is too dry at an average of 7 or 8 percent for interior wood. An ideal figure might be closer to 11 to 13 percent in Naples, where the average year-round humidity is between 72 and 76 percent.

SERVPRO Establishes Effective Water Damage Drying Goals

SERVPRO water removal technicians scrutinize moisture-affected surfaces with calibrated moisture measurement tools. These include penetrating units for porous items, non-penetrating sensors for surface-level readings of sensitive and non-porous contents, and thermal imaging cameras to detect changes in temperature that can indicate the presence of water damage behind surfaces. This process allows the crew to establish and implement a drying plan to return contents to suitable pre-disaster moisture levels.

After inspecting the damage, technicians focus on the following to establish drying goals:

  • Evaluating and measuring contents unaffected by water to determine the dry standard for the home. This standard creates a frame of reference for successful structural drying.
  • Measuring relative and specific humidity levels before, after, and during drying to ensure that the dry standard for the home is met in a timely, efficient fashion. Relative humidity in a given space needs to be below 40% is crucial for structural drying with air movement and dehumidification equipment to be as effective as possible.
  • Documentation throughout the drying process is crucial for adhering to the dry standard and adjusting drying strategies as needed to prevent structures and contents from becoming too dry or being left too humid.

SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island provides water cleanup when homeowners call (239) 302-5700, making homes feel “Like it never even happened.”

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