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Using Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers in Water Damage for St. Petersburg Residents

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Our team at SERVPRO works to prevent water damage catastrophes in your St. Petersburg home

There are two crucial aspects to consider when dealing with a water emergency. The first aspect is to remove the water from the contents and structure of your home. This task can be tough for homeowners to manage as most household machineries lack the necessary lift volume and vacuum power to be sufficient water extractors. The second aspect is to remove moisture from the surrounding air. When water evaporates, it raises moisture content. Humid air can promote mold growth, condensate inside walls, or damage fabrics over-time and needs to be brought under control quickly. Homeowners may struggle to ventilate a property by opening windows alone.

Our team is adept at controlling humidity levels during and after water damage in St. Petersburg. Maintaining the correct level of humidity throughout a service requires regular measurements, diligence, and efficient execution. Often, without taking due care and attention, water emergencies can spiral out of control, causing microbial growth issues, rots, and unpleasant water degradation. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) take regular psychrometric readings to control humidity throughout service.

Dehumidification equipment is essential to the drying procedure. There are many types of dehumidifiers. But among the most common for use in water restoration are low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers (LGR.) LGR dehumidifiers use cooling coils to bring air moisture down to the dew point. When humid air reaches the dew point, it converts back into the water, which can then be drawn into the storage tank or pumped out of the building.

SERVPRO technicians set up LGR dehumidifiers in a closed system drying environment. Closed systems are where there are no windows open or other places for air to circulate and can be much more efficient at drying than open systems. LGRs are set up by attaching an exhausting hose onto nearby drainage systems. As the air passes through the dehumidifier, it dries, replacing humid air with dry indoor air. Since water naturally moves from wet to dry, dehumidifying a wet structure can significantly speed up the overall drying time of your home and contents.

For rapid drying, after a water emergency, your home needs industrial restorative equipment. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

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