Water can be a constant source of annoyance when present in excess. It has the potential to damage the valuable assets present within the affected area and the repercussions can be even more severe for the commercial and industrial spaces. Water damage can be caused due to a number of natural factors as well as man-made activities like floods, heavy rainfall, cyclones, hurricanes, firefighting, broken water pipes, leakages, accidents, vandalism, etc.
Irrespective of the source it can cause acute damage to the property, interrupt the business activities and the unbudgeted compensation expenses due to high insurance claims can highly stake the profitability of the business. Along with this, the tremendous loss of assets and infrastructure and huge reconstruction and replacement expenses can further add to the financial burden of the business.
Therefore, it is important to take the issue of water damage seriously and resort to Water Damage Restoration as early as possible. The Water Damage Restoration comes with end-to-end emergency services to arrest any further damage to the materials and restore it to their original functionality by drying and restoring the water-damaged assets. It ensures the protection, preservation, and security of the assets by employing drying and dehumidification technology. Timely restoration not just saves time but can help in salvaging the valuable material and also account for the prevention of costly secondary damage, reduction in reconstruction requirements, and substantially lowers the insurance claim costs. Drying makes use of four basic principles, notably, removal of standing water, evaporation through air movement, dehumidification, and temperature control to remove the water from the affected area. Excess water removal is the first step in the process of drying which is aimed at removing the standing water. For less serious conditions, water can be removed with the help of physical means like mopping and soaking excess moisture from the hard surfaces or furnishing. But for the heavily affected area, sophisticated techniques and equipment such as pumps, wet vacuuming equipment, etc. are required.
After the removal of excess water, water present behind in its saturated form within the drywall, wood framing, and subfloors must be converted into vapor with the help of evaporation. Evaporation must be followed by dehumidification to externally exhaust and remove the moisture from the air. Failing to dehumidify the space may harbor secondary damage and be a source of potent health hazards. Desiccant-based dehumidification is highly effective in eliminating moisture from the affected material. It employs high-velocity air blowers to speed up the process of evaporation for quick drying. This keeps secondary and tertiary damaging effects of water at bay which can majorly be caused by standing water which is also a source of fungus, mold, mildew, corrosion, etc.
Hence, humidity control is thereby key to safe and effective drying and it is important to remove the moisture. 100% humidity can worsen the existing condition. It is responsible for condensation formation on the surface leading to mold, corrosion, decay, and other moisture-related deterioration. Considering that wet and moist conditions can lead to a disastrous outcome, it is crucial to maintain humidity within a very narrow range. A combination of high temperature and low relative humidity (RH) is ideal for the rapid evaporation of water. The temperature must be maintained at 72°F with RH between 50-55% for maximum drying. Most of the time it is recommended to lower the RH below 40% to accelerate the evaporation process.
Hence, with the help of advanced technology and equipment, drying and restoring water-damaged assets have become feasible which includes electromechanical equipment, turbines, generators, electrical & electronic equipment; computers & data storage devices; documents, furniture & structural components, etc.
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