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Why We Use Air Movers To Repair Flood Damage In Pine Island Homes

1/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why We Use Air Movers To Repair Flood Damage In Pine Island Homes When it comes to flood damage restoration, every tool and piece of equipment have a purpose.

Air Movers And Flood Damage


When it comes to flood damage restoration, every tool and piece of equipment have a purpose. So, if we decide to combine two or even three drying machines, it is because we know that the affected area needs it. Often, dehumidifiers, fans, and air movers have to be left running overnight or for several days.

This is common in homes which have been hit by extensive flooding; whether the cause is domestic (a burst pipe) or environmental (heavy rains). It is important that occupants do not move the drying machines because this can disrupt the rate of evaporation. To repair flood damage in Pine Island, SERVPRO must create optimal atmospheric conditions. Air movers are an essential part of this process, so we are going to tell you more about how they operate and what they can achieve.

The Purpose Of The Air Mover
The air mover directs clean, dry air across wet surfaces in rooms which have been damaged by flooding. As water dissipates into the dry air, it picks up this excess moisture. The wet air can then be directed to a dehumidifier where the water particles are extracted and the air rendered clean and dry again. This process is repeated until the targeted materials are dry.

Matching The Tool To The Task
There are various types of air movers, and SERVPRO may use more than one during the drying process. Two of the most important are centrifugal and axial. Generally, axial movers are preferred by flood damage technicians, because they are more effective at drying structural materials. In fact, they are used for around 70% of all domestic applications.

Drying Drywall And Plaster
Often, one of the most challenging materials to restore is drywall, particularly in the portion closest to the floor. It almost always requires more than one air mover, with the general rule being one drying machine for every 10-15 feet. If there are any small closets or cupboards in the room, a separate machine will be used to ensure that it is dry.

Dealing With Aerosolization
One of the downsides to using air movers for drying is that they can aerosolize contaminants already present in the water damaged area. If your home is flooded by natural rains or storm water, for example, there’s a chance that the moisture contains microbes. Fortunately, adding air scrubbing devices to the mix is one way to filter and remove potentially toxic particles.

At SERVPRO of Cape Coral, we are committed to helping homeowners recover from flooding. We have access to state of the art drying tools, and we can reverse the damage caused by cracked pipes, blocked plumbing, storms, and much more. Call us 24/7 at (239) 573-5911.