Winter is drawing to a close once again. April showers bring…flooding. When it comes to dehumidification, On Site has you covered.
Water on your floor is obvious, but water damage doesn’t stop at the waterline. That horrible squishy feeling when you walk on wet carpet is bad, but it’s obvious water damage. Also obvious to the untrained eye, moisture and humidity can do lasting damage to walls and personal decorations like photos. Sadly, though, humidity in the air may not be immediately obvious like standing water is, but it can do just as much damage and have adverse health effects.
The Impact of Moisture
Moisture in the air during even a small flood can lead to obvious damage to paint or wallpaper. Even if there isn’t standing water, but just damp carpet, there can be damage to other surfaces in the area. But, the moisture can also lead to a more insidious mold problem not immediately obvious. Mildew and mold can begin a mere 24-48 hours within water damage. Even worse, the mold and mildew will continue to spread until you deal with the source of the moisture. Just because you remove the mold or mildew once, doesn’t mean it won’t come back if things remain damp. Mold and mildew can spread in the air via spores, without you even noticing. Unless you act quickly, your tiny bit of moisture can lead to massive, and expensive, problems faster than you think.
Even if you’re not dealing directly with a flood, dehumidification can be key. Drywall installation needs proper climate control and dehumidification. Woodworking, too, can benefit from controlling the air moisture. Once the moisture is in the air, even if you’re not standing in ankle-deep or worst water, you’ll need to run a dehumidifier on your site or in your home to make sure your project stays on track. When it comes time to begin repairing the water damage, despite the flood waters receding, you will need dehumidification to ensure you have a proper working environment.
The Right Equipment for Moisture
The 200 Max Dehumidifier by On Site Companies is a powerful and efficient way to remove moisture from any area. This dehumidifier removes more water and has more grain depression than any other refrigerant dehumidifier. It requires less electricity than most other pieces of equipment on the market without sacrificing performance. This dehumidifier is perfect for restoration projects, construction, and temporary flooding of an area.
On Site’s 200 Max Dehumidifier is able to remove 30 gallons a day from 2800 square feet. It also has multiple air filter and ducting options to fit your workspace or flooded area.
In addition to a dehumidification unit, you should pair it with an air mover. Air movers can speed up drying time dramatically by moving moisture from surfaces to the dehumidifier. On Site companies recommends the Axial Air Mover to go with the 200 Max Dehumidifier. It is recommended to use one air mover per every 300 square feet. Air movers are often perfect for drying out carpers or small spaces.
Drying Out Your Space
Used together, dehumidifiers and air movers can be a powerful combination. The dehumidifiers will push out dry air and suck in moist air. As the wet air makes its way into the dehumidifiers, the air movers circulate the dry air, drying out the entire space more quickly.
Placing your dehumidification equipment is key. Your air movers should be placed so they blow on the water, getting the moisture into the air, where the dehumidifier can get to it with its intake fans. We suggest placing your air movers at 15 to 45 degrees angles for maximum efficiency when drying walls. You want rapid and continuous air flow across all damp surfaces. Your dehumidifier should be placed in the middle of the room. If the space is too big for one dehumidifier, make sure the units are evenly-spaced so they aren’t drying the same area of the room, with their intakes facing different directions. As you begin to see some progress with evaporation, you can adjust the equipment to attack a new area. Your goal is always to keep the air moving to aid the evaporation.
It’s also important to remember the 200 Max Dehumidifier comes with an internal pump and 30 feet of hose so that you can safely move the water to a drain. You wouldn’t want the water the unit pulls from the air to end up back on the ground, after all! Make sure you have proper drainage planned when attempting any dehumidification project.
To have your dehumidification questions answered, call On Site today at 800-210-8407. Our team has the answers to help you deal with basement flooding, construction moisture, and more.