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Why are Calculations an Important Part of Water Damage Remediation?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Spokane Homeowners Need A Water Damage Service That Works  

Keeping your Spokane home clean, tidy, and welcoming takes a great deal of effort sometimes. You want your home to be somewhere you can relax. That is why, if a disaster strikes your house, you want to fix it quickly.  

A leaking appliance, frozen pipes, or burst pipes can cause water damage in your Spokane home. In the event of a water emergency, the best thing is to call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane as soon as possible. We are available 24 hours, which means We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Why is time so crucial after water damage? 

You must get help swiftly, even if the water damage does not seem extensive. Moisture that is left untreated can:

  • Cause water stains on delicate upholstery or textiles such as cushions
  • Soak into drapes or carpets and cause them to smell damp
  • Increase the risk of mold growth in and on any organic materials
  • Soak into walls and cause the drywall to swell and the paper to lift away from the surface
  • Damage wood floors by making them warp or buckle

SERVPRO is waiting for your call, so do not delay. 

What training do we provide? 

We equip our teams with various equipment to tackle Spokane water damage situations, both big and small. The equipment, however, is only as effective as the team that wields it. We do not recommend you try to handle water damage yourself because the best way to remediate it is with specialist equipment and calculations.  

We train our team members to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, and offer ongoing e-learning to keep them up to date. Our extensive training means you can trust SERVPRO technicians to use drying equipment most effectively. To carry out drying calculations, we must ask:  

  • How many pieces of equipment (such as pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers are needed)?
  • How long do we need to operate the equipment?
  • If using dehumidifiers, how big should the units be? 

What are some calculations SERVPRO technicians need to make? 

Some of the most critical calculations we need to make include: 

  • Pump needs. If there are more than two inches of standing water, we need to use a submersible pump to extract it. We calculate the cubic feet of standing water and use it to figure out how long we will need to run pumps and how many pumps we will need.
  • Air Mover Needs. The IICRC suggests starting with one air mover per room and adding extra units depending on the square feet of wet floor, walls, and ceiling in each room.
  • Dehumidifiers needs. We use the number of cubic feet of air each unit can condition in a minute plus how many pints of water it can remove in 24 hours, to calculate how many to use. 

What else affects the dehumidifier calculation? 

Other factors affect our dehumidifier calculations. Our technicians must consider how much porous material, such as wood, carpets, clothing, paper, and upholstery, is present. Porous material takes on more water, so we must add enough dehumidifiers to allow for that. We must also be mindful of whether there is water trapped in wall and ceiling cavities.   

Why is the balance between air movers and dehumidifiers critical? 

The correct balance between air movers and dehumidifiers is vital to an effective and swift drying process. 

If there are too many dehumidifiers for the number of air movers, this will slow the drying process down, as they will be trying to dry the air more quickly than the air movers can evaporate it. 

However, there is a risk of secondary water damage if there are too many air movers in relation to dehumidifiers. Because the dehumidifiers cannot handle the amount of water the air movers are evaporating into the air, the humidity level rises, and so does the risk of secondary water damage. 

Why is it vital that we understand the nature of the water damage? 

The nature of the water damage means understanding how much material water has damaged. Understanding water damage's spread allows our technicians to calculate how quickly water is likely to evaporate when drying begins. Faster evaporation means we need more dehumidifiers to remove the evaporated moisture from the air.  

We do not just use our eyes to assess the situation and make our calculations. We use moisture probes, moisture meters, and thermal imaging to evaluate the spread of water damage. We also use thermo-hygrometers to measure humidity before we start. You can rest assured our drying process is carefully calculated and based on measurable data. 

For water damage remediation you can trust, call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144.

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