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. A building envelope acts as a physical separator between the interior of a building and the effects of outside climatic conditions. However, a restorer’s actions can introduce outside conditions into the built environment. The result can be either positive or negative with respect to drying goals.
It is complex and expensive for buildings to be constructed to function optimally in a single climatic zone during all climatic conditions throughout the year. Because of variations within a single year or season, a building’s construction may be more or less appropriate with respect to prevailing ambient conditions. It follows that drying techniques will not be the same at all times of the year in all regions. Because of varying climatic conditions, it is necessary for restorers to combine science and art with professional judgment to successfully dry structures.
The unwanted intrusion and movement of water, in any of its phases, can be caused by or result in construction and component failures. Groups, such as the Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA), have had a positive influence on how buildings are designed and constructed. When selecting building components and specialized construction techniques, these groups are addressing the comfort and health of building occupants, the durability, longevity and energy efficiency of structural components, and environmental responsibility.