Excess Water Removal
Excess water removal is the most important step at the beginning of restoration procedures. Removal of excess water maybe achieved by physical means such as mopping or soaking up excess moisture from hard surfaces or furnishings with the use of more sophisticated techniques and equipment such as pumps, or specially designed commercial wet vacuuming equipment.
Evaporation & Dehumidification
Once excess water is removed, remaining water must be changed from a liquid to a vapor by promoting evaporation. Normally, this is accomplished efficiently with specialized air-moving equipment. Once moisture is evaporated from structural materials and contents into the air, the moisture must be removed from the air through dehumidification.
Temperature Control & Monitoring
Both evaporation and dehumidification are greatly enhanced by controlling the temperature in a confined environment. Additionally, microorganisms’ growth is temperature related. Thus, scheduled monitoring of environmental conditions is an important basic principle for safe, effective drying.