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Water Damage Restoration & Building Drying Following Flood Damage or Water Damage

Once a building has been exposed to either a burst pipe or leak, steps must be taken to dry the building out. Drying out a building is a time consuming effort. Water causes direct damage to all materials. Plaster disintegrates, wood can deteriorate and electrical items can be irreparably damaged. There can also be unknown contaminants in the water especially from sewage or rainwater. Dampness also promotes the growth of moisture-related mould, mildew, and fungus that leads to dry rot.

All our operatives understand how to use a dehumidifier and air mover effectively and efficiently. There are a number of principles to the physics of drying. Just placing a dehumidifier in a room does not work unless all the fundamentals are first achieved. Correct application of drying out techniques is the key to completely drying out a structure. If you force your building to dry too quickly, additional damage to the building elements will occur.

Remote Moisture Monitoring

Oakleafe use the HygroTrac remote moisture monitoring system which can be viewed live over the internet showing parameters such as moisture content relative humidity and temperature.

Small HygroTrac wireless sensors are placed into the building and readings are sent wirelessly to the office. The collated data provides us with real time live drying information to ensure a seamless transition to reinstatement for the policy holder

Tenting

it must be recognized that each property needs to be considered on an individual basis and that it is not a case of a ‘one size fits all’ solution; The area concerned must be ‘tented’ to isolate the affected material that is to be dried. This may be individual areas or even whole rooms. Using the system, the correct procedure can be used in drying out.

Air Movers

Using Air Movers encourages faster moisture release from saturated materials in the form of droplets. These wet molecules migrate back into the air for collection by a dehumidifier.

Dehumidification

Once the trapped moisture has been broken down into droplets by the air movers, this process uses a machine with special humidity-absorbing material called a desiccant. A fan collects the moisture rich air from the fan and pulls it into the dehumidifier. As the air passes through, it collects the moisture droplets from the air. The collected moisture drips into the dehumidifier’s reservoir and can be disposed of as water.