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Water Removal Experts In West Monroe Explain Dehumidifiers

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Recommends Maintaining About 55% Humidity in Your West Monroe Home to Prevent the Need for Silica Gel in Dehumidifiers

SERVPRO's Industry Leading Equipment Extracts Moisture from Properties in the West Monroe Area

If excessive moisture ever gets into your home in West Monroe, rapid drying is essential to reduce the extent of the damage. If materials stay wet they can lose their structural integrity and microbes can develop inside the house. Water first gets removed with specialized extraction equipment before drying takes place.
Once all water possible gets extracted out of the interior of the building, drying equipment gets set up to remove the remainder of the moisture. The amount of dehumidifiers and air movers used during water removal in West Monroe varies depending on the specific situation. The size of the affected area and the amount of water that entered the house all play significant roles in determining what equipment is needed.
Our SERVPRO technicians place air movers in the affected region to create an air flow that replaces moist air evaporating off of wet surfaces with warmer, drier air. Dehumidifiers then get set up to pull the moisture out of the air and dispense it into a container in liquid form. The dehumidifiers also exhaust the dry air out so that the air movers can use the hot, dry air in their counterclockwise airflow.
SERVPRO uses two types of dehumidification systems that pull water out of the air using two different methods. Refrigerant dehumidifiers use cold metal coils to drop air to its dew point such as when water forms around a pitcher of cold lemonade during a hot day. The moist air enters the dehumidifier and gets pushed along coils that are 20 to 30 degrees below the dew point temperature. The water vapor hits the cold coils, condenses and falls into a collection tray. The air then passes through a warm coil that heats it up before exhausting out of the machine.
Desiccant dehumidifiers use a more straightforward method of removing moisture from the air and get used during specialty drying situations. Desiccant dehumidifiers pull air across a silica gel that works as a drying agent. The air is then heated up and pumped back through the gel so that it does not get saturated.
The type of dehumidifiers used varies based on the drying requirements of each project. If you ever need professional help with rapid structural drying, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 any time of the day.

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