The Science of Water Damage Cleanup

December 18th, 2014

SE7K9688The science of drying water damaged structures and belongings can be a complicated problem requiring timely response and precise action to help prevent secondary damages from occurring. The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to properly and promptly restore a structure to its pre-loss condition. The average homeowner or business owner may be tempted to grab a few towels or a mop to remove the water, and place a box fan or two around the damaged area to help dry it out. Unfortunately, there may be hidden moisture you cannot see that still remains. Within the structure, water can invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point. Water can seep through pinhole cracks and crevices in floors and walls traveling further down into the building.

Surfaces such as wood, drywall and carpet pull water away from plain sight and into the interiors of the structure. Measuring the moisture level of the visibly affected areas as well as all surrounding areas helps ensure that secondary or permanent damage does not occur.  Blue Ridge Property Restore follows strict, industry-approved standards to measure the extent of moisture saturation and to offer drying, deodorizing and disinfecting services to help reduce the chances of any secondary damages.

Upon arrival, a trained restorer will:

  • Inspect the building to determine every wet component. This helps prevent damage from occurring because wet components were accidentally overlooked.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? Because our environment always seeks equilibrium, a wet building can often dry naturally.  When materials are wet, moisture will move to drier air at the surface of the material naturally, but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is that nature takes too long, and secondary damages occur while the building is drying out.

For this reason, Blue Ridge Property Restore technicians have been trained to use top-of-the line equipment to help “Mother Nature” along,
including equipment to help dry hardwood floors tough-to-reach spaces inside walls and much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? Blue Ridge Property Restore has the equipment and training to return your house to a pre-loss condition.

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