Structural Drying & Removal
Once the standing water has been extracted, any affected insulated walls or ceilings are opened, and the water-damaged insulation is removed to allow access to the surfaces behind the drywall. If the walls and ceilings of your building are not insulated but just wet, drying equipment will be strategically placed to begin drying these areas immediately.
In the event that hardwood flooring is affected, we begin by determining the extent of the damage. If the hardwood floors are deemed salvageable, the hardwood floors are dried in place. Drying is performed using an Injectidry floor drying system, a state of the art system involving the use of molded plastic panels attached to a vacuum unit. This system provides air movement under and between the floorboards, hindering fungal reproduction during the drying process. Should the flooring be deemed non-salvageable, it is removed and the exposed sub-flooring is dried with air movement and dehumidification. When removing any drywall or flooring, the work area is contained with polyethylene sheeting and sealed with tape, preventing the spread of dust or any other possible contaminants. If any fungi is discovered during demolition, HEPA Filtration Negative Air Machines will be utilized to remove particulates from the air and aid in the prevention of fungal contamination.
Various moisture detection tools are used throughout the drying process to insure that the relative moisture content of the building’s materials are typically below 15%. Once this mark is reached, the structure is deemed “dry.” Temperature and relative humidity readings are taken daily by our technicians using a Thermal Hygrometer. Readings for outside and inside air conditions, as well as the output of the dehumidifier, are recorded and utilized to calculate the specific humidity. This information is used to determine if moisture levels are decreasing and the equipment is functioning properly.
Should the homeowner, business, or insurance adjuster request that the equipment be removed prematurely against Disaster Plus’ recommendation, the responsible party will need to sign a release of liability holding Disaster Plus harmless.
Associations & Affiliations
- Member Restoration Industry Alliance (RIA)
- Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – Certified Firm
- Vortex Drying Network Founding Member
- Better Business Bureau (BBB)
- Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) affiliate
- Member Indoor Air Quality Association, Inc. (IAQA)
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