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Preventing the Migration of Moisture Damage in Siesta Key Homes

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water pooling on living room floor No matter where water damage affects your home, SERVPRO is the only call you will need to make for complete restoration.

Regulating Interior Conditions Reduces the Spread and Severity of Water Damage in Siesta Key Residences

The path water takes within a property begins with the areas of least resistance, such as pooling on flooring and becoming trapped in walls. Additionally, water damage can spread through thermodynamic processes related to humidity or vapor pressures to find pathways into the property.

Post-Disaster Conditions Seek Equilibrium

One of the chief factors in the efficient management of water damage in Siesta Key homes is appreciating the behavior of water and moisture. Diverse conditions and atmospheric variables exist after every water damage situation, so it is essential to identify and prioritize the actions to remove potentially hazardous effects and mitigate the damage. 

The behavior of  water damage within a structure can be explained by understanding that standing water and humid air will attempt to reach a balance between affected and unaffected areas. Just as heat will migrate from warmer to cooler areas through air and materials to seek an equilibrium, moisture will also be drawn, or pushed by vapor pressure, gravity, and surface tension into dryer areas until materials are saturated or an equilibrium has been reached between the affected an unaffected areas. Our SERVPRO team can predict present trapped water and moisture behaviors through our experience and the use of sensitive testing equipment. 

Promoting Efficient Surface Drying 

Regulating efficient evaporative drying can often rely on the use of several recovery tools simultaneously. Avoiding cool pockets that can form above wet materials can be a considerable obstacle, as these vapor barriers make drying the exposed elements more time-consuming and costlier. Preventing these cool-air pockets and promoting efficient evaporation involves controlling conditions within the environment through the use of specific restoration equipment such as:

  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Axial air movers
  • Portable electric heaters
  • Low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers

Limiting the ongoing movement of standing water and humidity after a leak, spill, or flood by removing as much excess moisture as possible is critical to an efficient restoration process. As easily as water can migrate and spread through open areas and porous materials, you will need our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team to help with efficient surface drying and extraction solutions. Call us today at (941) 552-6319.

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