When you experience a flood or any other cause of water damage to your home, it is important to quickly and accurately assess the extent of the damage to the structure and surfaces. The best way to do this is to bring in the restoration professionals.
Unless you have the specialized equipment on hand, a restoration professional will be able to analyze the extent of the damage in a non-invasive but accurate way. Our professionals utilize moisture meters to determine where drying equipment should be placed and how long it needs to run.
The Process of Water Damage Restoration
Immediately in the process of water damage restoration, all standing water must be retracted from the affected areas. Professionals will use pumps and vacuums to remove flooding waters in your home.
Then heavy-duty fans and dehumidifiers will be placed strategically throughout the affected area. This drying process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the extent of the damage and moisture.
Our team will continuously monitor the conditions of the drying areas and will likely move the equipment around based on moisture meter readings. This step is important and must not be rushed as it assures your moisture level returns to a healthy percentage (30-60%) and will prevent mold growth.
What is a Moisture Meter?
When water damage occurs, it spreads much deeper than the surfaces you can see. Water can creep into every surface, crack, and porous material it comes across. When left with high levels of moisture, the structure of your property can become compromised and unsafe for those inside. Excess moisture can lead to the degradation of building materials as well as mold and mildew growth.
In order to monitor the moisture levels of areas we cannot see, professionals utilize moisture meters. These meters are used all throughout the process of water damage restoration in Springfield, Ohio to monitor the drying process and ensure the structure is completely dry upon completion.
This simple tool is imperative to the integrity of your home or business and the safety of your family. The meter will give the moisture level as a percent. Different meters can be used to monitor moisture levels of wood, non-wood, and sheetrock. The accuracy of the meter is dependent on multiple variables, including the aptitude of the user.
For this reason, we recommend you call in professionals for water damage restoration in your home. The consequences of a poor job could be severe for your home and the health of your family. Give our team at Reliant Restoration a call the next time you find yourself in deep water.