What Is Structural Drying | AWR Restoration

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Structural drying is a necessary step after home flooding. When your home experiences flooding, after all of the initial standing water has been eliminated and all furniture or belongings have been removed from the space, it is time to assess how severe the damage is and what form of drying needs to take place.

It is important to understand how deep the damage goes into a structure to help determine the proper drying plan. For more extreme water damage that seeps into the walls an intensified drying strategy is required. It is important to act quickly to prevent water from spreading further and to avoid molding.

Structural drying occurs in two main steps:

1. Air-movement

Air-movement is achieved with the help of centrifugal fans. These blowers produce a very high-power airflow that is great for drying out moisture. The goal of these powerful fans is to promote evaporation.

In less extreme cases, these fans can be placed in the space where the damage occurred and without pulling up carpets or drilling holes in the walls, the moisture can evaporate in a timely manner. However, with some damage, a more invasive process is necessary to dry the structure in a timely manner.

2. Dehumidification

For this step, the use of industrial high-volume refrigerant dehumidifiers is key. As water evaporates, it becomes water vapor. Dehumidifiers take on the job of removing this water from the air and preventing it from being absorbed by other structures or materials.

No one wants to have to deal with the unfortunate event of home flooding, but in case you do, hiring professionals to help with structural drying is essential in a proper clean-up. Without structural drying, your home may end up with extreme foundational damage, collapsing walls, or serious cases of harmful mold.

If your home has experienced water damage, do not hesitate to reach out to Advanced Water Restoration at (206) 823-2252. We are here to help keep your home safe from permanent damage.
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