During a natural disaster such as flooding, water can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of your home in King of Prussia, PA, and its belongings. You can prevent further damage by hiring a professional firm like ServiceMaster by ARTec to implement your water damage repair immediately after the flooding incident. Here, we look at various factors that our experts consider because they have a direct impact on the drying process.
Factors that Affect the Drying Process
A material’s permeation assists restoration experts in understanding how a particular material would respond to drying. If the permeation is high, the material allows a higher percentage of water vapor to permeate.
For example, gypsum board has a permeation factor of 50, while this factor is 15 for plaster on metal laths. This means that drying gypsum board is going to be 3.34 times faster than drying plaster on mental laths.
Saturation Duration and Pressure
Our water damage repair experts fully understand that if a material has been exposed to water for a long time, then moisture will penetrate deep into the material.
Thus, our restoration experts start water extraction work as quickly as possible to reduce the damage that occurs to items due to their prolonged exposure to water. Our technicians also take into account the hydrostatic pressure that the materials experience.
For instance, something submerged under water at a depth of one foot will be impacted deeper and faster than something with water only on its surface.
Building Assemblies and Finishes
Building assemblies are often difficult to dry due to their different surface coatings, vapor barriers, and finishes, all of which lowers their permeation level and slows down the drying process.
For example, different materials are assembled together for making an exterior wall. Thus, insulation, drywall, wood frame, vapor barrier, and subflooring are all attached together and sealed using adhesives.
Our water damage restoration professionals are aware of the fact that, compared to evaporation, physically removing moisture provides 800 times higher efficiency. In addition, by expediting the moisture removal process, our experts are able to stop water from saturating items in your home over a prolonged time period.
Vapor Pressure Differential
Our experts create the correct vapor pressure differential (VPD) by maintaining the drying zone’s temperature between 85ºF and 90ºF. Our technicians also ensure that heat energy is transferred to wet materials so that their temperature increases.
To summarize, water damage repair is a complex process in which it’s necessary to consider different aspects of the drying process. ServiceMaster by ARTec is a company with vast experience in successfully performing such restoration tasks.
If your home in King of Prussia, PA, has been damaged in a recent flooding incident, then give us a call at (610) 626-9002. Our experts will visit your home, examine the extent of the damage, and immediately start work so that your home can be restored as quickly as possible.