During times of natural disasters or emergencies, power is often unavailable. When temporary power solutions are required, water damage restoration companies used generators to supply the power needed to run the equipment.
Moisture Detection Meters
Sophisticated equipment is often needed to detect water that has penetrated structural cavities and created trapped pockets of saturation. The machines are moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture continues to cause damage. The odor is on the minimal spectrum of damage. Greater damage includes delaminating, shrinking, splitting, and further deterioration of materials that result in the need for costly repairs.
Both compression and suction are provided by the extractors used by water damage restoration specialists. Water is forced to the surface and extracted away. The water is not reabsorbed by carpets and pads. Insurance companies have recognized extractors as the best method of extracting water from carpets and pads. Special rates are sometimes granted when an extractor is going to be used in the restoration process.
Dehumidifiers are key water damage restoration tools. These heavy-duty dehumidifiers extract water quickly and efficiently. They dry floors and walls and curb mold growth. Water damage dehumidifiers usually have large wheels that aid in mobility. No-hassle condensate pumps on the dehumidifiers remove the water. Many dehumidifiers are ductless, which allows airflow that is most effective in drying.
Air movers are revolutionary evaporative drying products that produce air velocities that are helpful on hard-to-dry areas like carpets and pads, walls, and sub-floors. Airflow is directed toward problematic corners where the floor meets the wall. Using an air mover can reduce the secondary damage that stems from trapped humidity. The damage includes side-effects of mildew, mold, and fungi, and structural damage.
Air scrubbing devices are designed exclusively for the water and fire restoration industry. Several critical functions for quality remediation can be performed simultaneously. An air scrubber captures removable airborne particles. An absorption filter, which contains a blend of potassium permanganate and activated carbon, removes chemicals and odors. A 14 x 12 foot room takes less than a minute to clean. The air scrubber must perform at least four air changes in an hour to be effective.
The air scrubber’s multiple ducting options and high airflow allow for a positive and negative airflow control combination of an area. Air scrubbing containment occurs at the same time. The air scrubber has the unique ability to depressurize the damaged site and continually filter indoor air to prevent contamination from spreading. Contaminated air from places that are hard to access or too small for an air scrubbing device is drawn by an adapter.
The US has no government regulations that dictate the procedures to be used in water damage restoration. Most companies that perform the service follow standards recommended by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Those recommendations provide practical water damage restoration standards. Individual circumstances are taken into account. Users keep pace with technology and are aware of any state or local laws governing the process.