Mar,19 Posted by Mike Campbell in Water Damage

Drying Wood Framing

Compared to most other hygroscopic materials, dimensional lumber absorbs and releases water relatively slowly. This means that the sooner drying begins, the less water will be absorbed into wood materials, and the more rapidly they will return to acceptable MC. Read More »

Mar,3 Posted by Mike Campbell in Water Damage

Properly Drying Drywall

In North America, drywall is the most common interior wall and ceiling finish material. Normally, it is composed of paper on both exterior surfaces, which is laminated to a gypsum core. Drywall is easily damaged while wet, since it loses much of its strength and stiffness. If not wet for extended periods (i.e., 48-72 hours), drywall normally regains its original strength upon drying. Read More »

Feb,15 Posted by Mike Campbell in Water Damage

Determine The Class Of Water

Classes designate water-damaged environments by their relative degree of saturation, which is then used to determine the approximate initial amount of dehumidification equipment necessary for an  efficient drying system. Note that Class of water is combined with volume (ft) in the formulas below to determine initial dehumidification requirements. Read More »

Feb,1 Posted by Mike Campbell in Insurance, Water Damage

Moisture Detection. Why It’s Important.

MOISTURE INSPECTION PROCESS

Hope everyone had a happy Holiday season! We want to talk today about when your property has a leak or moisture problem, one of the first steps is finding out where the water is originating from. If the source of water intrusion has not been stopped or controlled, then, if possible, reasonable steps may be taken to do so. If efforts to stop or control the water intrusion are unsuccessful, then Dririte will make a decision to continue those efforts or stop the project. After the water source has been controlled, surface water can be removed to gain control of the situation. Read More »

Jan,16 Posted by Mike Campbell in Water Damage

Climate Has An Effect On Drying

Living in Florida supplies it’s own set of difficulties for drying a water damaged property. Climatic and regional variables include rainfall, temperature and relative humidity (RH). Such variations may require that restorers use different equipment and techniques when drying similar wet structures during different times of the year, or in different regions of the world. Read More »

Dec,7 Posted by Mike Campbell in Water Damage

Drying Concrete Slab – Is It Possible?

Concrete is a mixture of sand, aggregate, Portland cement and moisture, which is poured over compacted clay or soil, crushed rock, and a vapor retardant barrier. It cures slowly and continues to release and absorb moisture throughout its use-life. When contacted by Category 1 water, concrete absorbs moisture over time and releases it slowly. Concrete can resist microbial growth and amplification because it is inorganic, relatively cold and alkaline, although microbials can eventually grow and amplify on soil films. Read More »

Nov,14 Posted by Mike Campbell in Water Damage

Controlling Humidity To Accellerate Evaporation

When an open or ventilated drying system is inappropriate, a closed drying system using mechanical dehumidification equipment should be used. Certain minimum dehumidification capacities are appropriate for most closed drying systems. Read More »

Nov,1 Posted by Mike Campbell in Water Damage

Controlling Temperature To Accelerate Evaporation

The ambient air temperature within a work area, and the temperature of wet materials themselves, also impacts the rate of evaporation significantly. Water in its vapor phase (gas) has much higher energy than water in its liquid phase. Therefore, significant energy is required for rapid evaporation. Read More »

Oct,20 Posted by Mike Campbell in Water Damage

Controlling Airflow To Accellerate Evaporation

Airmoving devices efficiently move air across wet surfaces, thereby accelerating evaporation. Several different types of airmoving devices (e.g., centrifugal, axial) are available. Read More »

Dec,22 Posted by Mike Campbell in Water Damage

Is Wet Carpet Salvageable?

Carpet is one of the materials most commonly affected in wet structures. Often, wet carpet is salvable. The purpose of this section is to point out some of the many factors to consider when deciding how to effectively restore a particular carpet or carpet/cushion installation.

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