Water Damage Mitigation and the Three Stages of the Drying Process

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After any natural disaster such a flood or severe storm, you could face the problem of water damage. In such situations, hiring the experienced professionals at ServiceMaster by ARTec in West Chester, PA for water damage mitigation is the right thing to do. Our experts will take the necessary steps to thoroughly dry out your home and belongings as well as prevent associated issues such as mold growth.

Today, we’ll explore the steps our experts take to completely restore your home to its pre-loss state.

Three Stages of the Drying Process

Our experts are aware of the fact that after water damage, they need to complete the drying process in three stages:

  • Remove surface water using evaporation. Here, airflow consisting of drier and warmer air is used for evaporating moisture while it wicks from the pores of the material.
  • Utilize capillary action for removing free water. If the pores of the material are still wet, experts decrease the surface tension. Due to this process, water will get pulled out of the affected material and start evaporating. Water damage mitigation professionals know that baseboards inhibit capillary action, so they remove them during the drying process.
  • Use vapor diffusion for removing bound water. This process involves taking steps to force moisture converted into vapor and then evaporate it from within the pores.

Wall Cavity Drying

When wall cavity drying is carried out, experts use a method consisting of the second and third stages of the drying process. For example, when wet drywall is to be dried, experts make 5/8” holes on the perimeter of the drywall.

After that, capillary action as well as vapor diffusion are used for turning water into vapor. This same procedure is used when cabinet cavities and ceiling are to be dried. This method of wall cavity drying proves to be useful when:

  • Demolition work (like flood cutting) is to be decreased. Experts understand that gypsum board will lose its structural integrity when it becomes wet, but its strength will return when it dries, and as such, can be salvaged
  • Drying is to be completed within three to five days
  • Drying is to be carried out for Category 1 and 2 type water loss
  • Rooms are to be dried that do not have direct air circulation, like server rooms
  • Hard-to-access spaces are to be dried from adjoining rooms
  • Drying is to be performed under vanities and cabinets

As you can see, water damage mitigation is a complex task where several aspects are to be looked into and properly conducted. As an experienced firm specializing in water damage restoration, ServiceMaster by ARTec has the needed competency to fully restore your home. For the best in water damage mitigation services, contact us 24/7/365 at (610) 626-9002. We will quickly dispatch a team to your home in West Chester, PA, assess the extent of the damage, and begin the required water damage mitigation and restoration work.

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