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Lake Sarasota's Flood Damage Experts Explain The Science Involved with Drying

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

When a Clothes Line Won't Do to Dry Out Your Flooded Lake Sarasota Property--Call SERVPRO

Dehumidification and Air Movement Are Key Factors in Drying Interiors after Storms

This summer thunderstorms have been striking all over the country including places near Lake Sarasota. These severe storms are known to bring about weather conditions that can cause extensive flood damage. Wind can blow things into the exterior of your home and create holes for rainwater to pour into and make things wet. If your neighborhood in Lake Sarasota floods, then it is likely that water can enter lower levels of your home.
 
Excessive moisture inside any house can cause problems with contents and structural components. When dealing with a flood damage project in Lake Sarasota, our SERVPRO technicians work towards decreasing the severity of issues by removing moisture as quickly as possible. When materials get wet, they can lose their structural integrity along with their aesthetic appearance. If organic substances stay wet for too long microbial growth can occur.
 
To prevent mold growth, our SERVPRO technicians work towards reducing moisture levels of your contents and building materials in less than 48 hours. First, we extract as much water out of the affected rooms as we possibly can. The next step is the drying process. During the drying stage, we use equipment to manipulate the environment so that the drying speed is increased with the use of powerful air movers and axial fans.
 
As a rule of thermodynamics, everything always wishes to seek equilibrium. Therefore when materials contain more moisture than the air right next to its surface, water will want to evaporate from the wet substances and move into the air. If the air next to an object has more water than the material, water can then move from the air and make the item wetter. Wet to Dry.
 
Our SERVPRO restoration team sets up air movers to push air away from wet surfaces. When we replace the damp air next to wet items with warm, dry air, then more water can evaporate from the wet items, thus speeding up the drying process. The damp air then gets pushed into the center of the room where dehumidifiers sit to suck up the moist air and remove the water in liquid form. This condensation is collected in a pan or run through a hose to a drain. The dehumidifiers then exhaust out warm, dry air to complete the cycle when it gets used in the air flow of the air movers.
 
Since air can hold more water at higher temperatures, we also add heat to the affected areas so that the air can carry more moisture away from the wet materials. We increase the RH relative humidity. It is important that the correct ratio of air movers per dehumidifiers get used or drying may not be as effective. If you ever notice things inside your house got wet after a storm, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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