When you experience a water damage or flooding event, the most convenient way to deal with this is to hire a competent and professional flood and water damage restoration company such Flood Sense to do the water removal, structural drying and cleaning for you.
Full Range of Structural Drying Services
When hiring a flood/water damage restoration company, you need to make sure that the company you are signing up to the job offers the full range of services that your flooded building requires, as there are certain flood situations that require more services than others.
Water Removal / Structural Drying
The main service that flood/water damage restoration companies offer of course, is water removal and structural drying which involves pumping out the flood water. The process requires special equipment like sump pumps and water vacuums.
Complete Structural Drying
A professional restoration company like Flood Sense carry out complete structural drying. This is one of the most important services they offer because proper drying of the property (be it residential or commercial) will prevent secondary damage from the moisture to the building and inhibit mould growth. The water damage restoration company will be able to check if areas behind stud walls, under floorboards and other hidden areas are completely dry before any reinstatement works commence or furniture is returned preventing any future unforeseen problems.
The Science Of Drying
Understanding the specific relationship between temperature, humidity and air flow (Psychometrics) can help dry materials faster and more thoroughly. It helps determine the type, methods and capacity required for de-humidification. Only fully trained operatives such as those employed by Flood Sense can truly understand this process.
Flood/water damage restoration is as simple as A, B, C:
- A. Remove as much water as quickly as possible.
- B. Vaporise the remaining moisture as quickly as possible.
- C. Remove the vaporised air as quickly as possible.
Our toolbox options for building drying
“The relative humidity in occupied premises is normally around 50%. After flood or water damage this can rise substantially as water evaporates”.
It stands to reason then, that in order to correctly dry a property following a damaging flood or water incident, we need to control the humidity levels. By controlling the moisture in the air we are able to prevent it being re-absorbed by dry (or drying) materials.
Standing Water Removal
Our flood pumps offer a high performance, portable alternative for initial extraction at the onset of every flood/water damage job. Designed exclusively for the restoration industry, our flood pumps are lightweight, easy to manoeuvre , and simple to maintain. It can extract more than 37 litres per minute and discharge through a standard garden hose.
Our Air movers make our drying system work. They initiate the drying process by evaporating the surface layer of moisture from wet materials with a high velocity airflow. Once the moisture is air borne it can be removed through de-humidification or venting.
Our de-humidifiers are the hub of our structural drying system. Without proper de-humidification, Air movers would continually circulate damp air and cause secondary damage. Our de-humidifiers are finely tuned to remove water vapour from the air and surrounding structural materials to create effective building drying.
Refrigerant de-humidifiers are the most common in our industry, and are essentially modified portable air conditioning units. These condense water vapour onto cold coils which then drips the water into a collection tray where a pump then transports the water from the unit or collects it into a bucket.
Low Grain Refrigerant de-humidifiers are the newest form of mechanical de-humidification. Our LGR’s use newer technology to pre-cool incoming air. Because of this, the ‘cold’ coil does not have to be quite so cold and can perform better at a lower humidity than a standard refrigerant.
Desiccants use materials that have chemical thirsts for water – the most common of these materials is silica. Water vapour is chemically attracted to the silica where it is absorbed and held. Heater elements in the machine then ‘bake’ the moisture off the silica and duct it outdoors in a stream of humid air.
Hot Air Structural Drying
Hot Air Drying is the newest way of drying buildings that we have access to, and is having a major impact on disaster recovery in both residential and commercial situations. By using the Hot Air Drying system, buildings can be dried in a matter of hours or days. The whole project can be monitored and controlled remotely via the internet to ensure the temperature and humidity remain at the optimum for safe, fast drying. This system heats fluid to a very high temperature.
This is pumped around the property in insulated hoses which run to heat exchangers, which in turn pump large quantities of (controllable) hot air into a vented ‘chamber’ (the wet area). The cooler fluid coming from the wet area returns to the boiler to be re-heated so the process can continue. This system runs very economically and completely independently, ensuring that the security of the property is not compromised. The wet air is vented out of the property and fresh dryer air is pulled in to start the process again until building has dried to required levels.