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Structural drying is the process of locating and drying all hidden water in hard-to-see or reachable areas (within the infrastructure of walls, ceilings, floors, etc) with dehumidificatio. If the water damage drying is not done properly, trapped moisture will eventually lead to larger problems. These may include mould forming, which leads to many health risks and  hazards. You will also have foundation degradation over time due to rotting material, which is susceptible to water. 

When dealing with a residential or commercial flood, one of the first steps is to extract the water immediately and hire a water damage restoration specialist to prep the water damage area for structural drying and dehumidification of the surrounding infrastructure.

Typical drying errors include; Trying to dry visible water with fans & dehumidifiers without properly extracting the water first. 

Most people proceed to repair the water damage without properly drying out the affected areas.

 

non-invasive wall structural drying

Structural Drying After Water Damage - The Non-invasive method

The main importance of structural drying is to ensure that there is no trace of water left behind from the emergency. This is important to ensure no structural deterioration is caused by the remnant water, and it helps prevent any future mold growth (which thrives on moisture). Through proper structural water damage drying methods, you are able to eliminate any future problems to your home or health.

Ceiling Drying from water damage

Why hiring property structural drying companies is so important

When deciding on who to call to help dry your home or business property after a flood and recover from water damage, a local dedicated expert in water damage restoration is highly advisable. A handyman or a general contractor is not recommended they are general construction repair and renovation tradespeople and aren’t (IICRC) Water Damage Restoration Technicians certified. A none certified Structural Drying Tech won’t possess the knowledge to professionally approach structural drying properly and possess the right property drying equipment required to effectively dry the property properly. In certain unfortunate circumstances where Water Damage Insurance is void, or you may be going through some economic tough times, you know a handyman friend that can assist you with structural drying or perhaps you are willing to tackle the water damage drying yourself. Here are 3 important questions to ask yourself and strongly consider before making a decision:

Is your contractor properly licensed?

There are different classes of water damage, different types of long term side effects, and an entire science to how water affects your home in an emergency. Only through proper training and experience in water damage remediation can a contractor ensure proper service is provided.

Is the emergency being approached properly?

Water damage is a very time-sensitive matter. Through rapid drying techniques and proper equipment use the overall drying time can be reduced quite significantly. As a result, you end up saving thousands of dollars in future reconstruction costs.

Are you really saving money doing it yourself?

Without the proper tools, finding all sources of water and properly drying the premises would require extensive tear out of floors and walls. Despite the upfront cost savings, the overall project costs will far surpass the savings non-invasive techniques provide.

Water damage drying companies that have IICRC trained technicians understand how water damage affects your home in areas you can’t even see. We understand the long term secondary effects of water damage and can spot hidden pockets of water and properly dry out your property right through to the foundation. 

Air Movers and Negative Injection Mats

Air movers are strategically placed to create an efficient drying process. By properly moving the air around the room you ensure every last corner gets dried out properly. Combined with Negative injection mats which suck up the water through the floor / carpet.

Dehumidifiers and Air Filtration Devices

Dehumidifiers dry out the air and make sure that any excess moisture is properly removed from the room. This allows for a thorough drying process which inhibits mold growth. We use HEPA filtration dehumidifiers to both dry and disinfect at the same time.

Structural Cavity Drying System

We use Structural Cavity Drying Systems (SCDS) to get inside the floors and walls without having to fully tear them out. Forced air dries the interior while verifying humidity levels through speciality sensors and equipment. Dry Logs are kept to monitor the progress.
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Not all water damaged properties require a full tear out of wet materials. If caught early enough, often building materials such as insulation, drywall, or flooring can be saved. Make sure to ask your Water Damage Removal Technician about how we analyze and determine when non-invasive methods can be incorporated.

Don’t delay, find out if you are eligible for non-invasive drying! Get a free inspection today!

Structural Drying Explained

Importance of Hiring Professional Water Damage Drying Equipment Services

Structural Dry home, business or basement, getting past the property’s outer layers and attacking moisture inside your infrastructure. In order to determine the right equipment for the job, you must determine the Category and Class of water damage you are facing. Category defines the type of water you are dealing with while class determines the severity of the flood as far as water penetration amount and level. Understanding the difference between Category of Flood and Class of Flood will directly affect the methods and equipment needed to successfully perform the water damage drying service.  A good reputable basement drying company would practice non-invasive methods to dry out your subfloors, walls, venting and other areas you have no regular access to. Using specialty equipment and moisture meters the technician is able to inspect and confirm the drying process is successful.

Category of Flood

  • broken water supply lines
  • tub or sink overflows with no contaminants
  • appliance malfunctions involving water-supply lines
  • melting ice or snow
  • falling rainwater
  • broken toilet tanks
    and toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants or additives
  • dishwasher or wachine machine discharge
  • overflow from washing machines
  • overflow from toilet bowls with urine but not feces present
  • hydrostatic pressure seepage from the outside into the home
  • broken aquariums
  • punctured water beds
  • sewage
  • toilet backflows that originate from beyond the trap regardless of color or content
  • all forms of flooding from seawater
  • ground surface water
  • rising waters from rivers / streams
  • wind-driven rain from hurricanes
  • tropical storm waters

If you know that any of the following is present in the affected areas, you should not enter the affected area without PPE (Proper Protective Equipment).

  • asbestos
  • lead
  • mercury
  • pesticides
  • arsenic
  • polycholorinated
  • biphenyls (PCBs)
  • solvents
  • fuels
  • radiological residue
  • caustic chemicals

Class of Flood

Less than 5% Combines Surface Area of walls, floors, ceiling are directly affected by the water.

5% to 40% Combined Surface Area of walls, floors, ceiling are directly affected by the water.

More than 40% Combined Surface Area of walls, floors, ceiling are directly affected by the water.

More than 40% Combined Surface Area of walls, floors, ceiling are directly affected by the water. Penetration time is prolonged and complete or near complete penetration to all surrounding areas has occurred.

Want to learn more about how we analyze and categorize water damage drying?

Depending on the category and class of flood you are dealing with, specific equipment is needed to handle the different types of incidents. There are Invasive methods (disruptive) and non-invasive methods (aggressive). While invasive methods are more direct and destructive, they are sometimes necessary where salvaging the existing content and material is no longer an option. When salvaging content is a potential option, the non-invasive methods should be practiced as they directly help reduce the overall costs of the service. Refurbished / restored items often cost a fraction of the replacement cost. Only a properly trained IICRC certified technician has the knowledge and expertise to determine which method and which tools are needed to perform proper water damage drying. Efficiency and experience will directly result in cost and time savings to you. By hiring a certified licensed technician you are ensuring the most effective and economical job for your type of flood is performed.

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