Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
Our Water Damage Restoration Process
Once the excess water has been extracted and removed, the floors and walls may appear dry. But a quick inspection using our penetrating meters and nonpenetrating meters will reveal they are wet, retaining moisture still and requiring more mitigation. Nearly all building materials, like wood, drywall, and flooring materials, are porous and therefore retain water. Pad and insulation, for instance, act like a sponge and soak up large amounts of moisture and water. This retained water can cause the materials to break down, warp, or cause mold damage. It is important that materials that are still wet are dried using drying equipment and dehumidifier or are removed so that the structure behind them can be dried. For instance, when insulation gets wet, it needs to be removed so the sheetrock and studs of the wall can dry properly. SERVPRO of Gresham & SERVPRO of Oregon City/Sandy has been helping customers like you for nearly 30 years.
Drying / Dehumidification
Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.
- Use Dehumidification Equipment
- Use Monitoring Equipment to Track Progress
Monitor Floor and Walls
We check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process.
- Monitor Floors
- Monitor Walls
- Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
- High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.