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Recovering from Water Damage: The Importance of Rapid Structural Drying

From a flood, to a burst pipe, to a leaky roof, numerous events can cause water damage in your home. The key to preventing mold and the damage that comes with it is to dry the structure as quickly as possible. Here are the principles behind rapid structural drying that DKI utilizes when performing water damage restoration.

Water Extraction & Airflow

Soaking up and removing water in its liquid form is the first step of rapid structural drying to avoid the spread of moisture and mold growth. Completing this phase before moving on to dehumidification makes the process significantly faster. DKI experts use special pump-out equipment to remove water from the carpet and padding with excellent efficiency, often eliminating the need to remove the carpet.

Then, while monitoring moisture levels, high-velocity air movers are strategically placed to evaporate any remaining moisture. Our techniques and quality equipment save you time and money, so you can return to life as usual before long.

Dehumidification

Once the majority of the water and moisture is extracted, dehumidifiers are brought in to pull vapor from the air. This significantly reduces the drying time and prevents mold growth from lingering moisture being absorbed into other materials.

Temperature Control

Maintaining temperature is essential to drying out a structure quickly. The ideal dry out temperature is 70 to 90 degrees F, especially during the first 48 hours, a critical timeframe for preventing mold growth. When the air is cooler than 70 degrees, the evaporation process occurs more slowly, while temperatures warmer than 90 degrees impede the performance of dehumidifiers.

When the weather is relatively mild, it’s usually quite easy to maintain the ideal temperature range for rapid structural drying. After all, moisture evaporation has a cooling effect and drying equipment produces heat, allowing the two to counterbalance each other. Still, DKI carefully monitors the temperature to ensure the environment remains between 70 and 90 degrees. If necessary, we can employ drying chambers to contain heat in the affected area.

Rapid structural drying is one of the cornerstones of emergency water damage repair provided by DKI Services. If you notice water damage or mold growth in your home, contact us immediately to begin the remediation process.