After major water damage--whether from a leak, flooding, or putting out a fire--putting a dehumidification system in place is an essential step in getting your home back to normal. COIT’s technicians are IICRC-certified* in water damage restoration and understand the science of psychometry.
Home humidity control after water damage is affected by the size of the flooding, time since the event, and the type of water. Our specialists take these things as well as the type of materials that need drying into account to craft a custom drying plan.
Crafting a Drying Plan
First, our dehumidification system specialists will determine the category and class of water damage. Then, they will determine the amount and type of dehumidification by calculating cubic footage of the space to be dried, using standard recommendations by IICRC S-500 (the industry standard for dehumidification).
Drying the structures of your property is particularly important. These include drywall, insulation, interior paint, cement floors, wood, plaster, crawl spaces, and basements. Our restoration specialists will detect water hiding behind walls using infrared cameras and moisture meters. Then they will lower the moisture levels in these spaces using specialized drying equipment.
Industrial Drying Equipment
We will then set humidity control equipment based on industry standards. Commercial dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, while large air movers keep air circulating throughout the space. While the equipment is running, our techs will monitor the equipment, environment, and building materials daily until Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) has been reached.
Drying time depends on factors like severity of flooding, time elapsed since the loss, and materials.
After it is dry, your property will be inspected to ensure no additional structural damage took place. Any necessary repairs will take place at this time, before carpets are cleaned or reinstalled. Finally all readings will be documented, and the equipment will be removed.
* Most COIT locations are fully certified and use many of these tools, there are a few exceptions, but in those cases, industry-standard practices are employed.