In-Place Drying Techniques: Understanding How We Dry In-Place

Water can wreak havoc on properties, causing significant structural damage and mold growth, compromising the safety and comfort of residents. Fortunately, advancements in the water damage restoration industry have led to innovative techniques, such as in-place drying, helping to eliminate the chances of secondary damage and lengthy, costly repairs.

United Water Restoration Long Island reminds you that swift action is critical when dealing with water damage. But how should you proceed? Rest assured, Long Island residents, we are here to help you! United has specialized tools and technologies to effectively extract moisture and promote drying without tearing down walls and ripping up flooring.

What is In-Place Drying?

In-place drying is a restoration technique focusing on drying affected areas without removing or replacing materials. Unlike traditional restoration methods that involve demolition and reconstruction, drying in place aims to salvage as much of the original structure and contents as possible. This strategy relies on advanced drying equipment and scientific principles to effectively remove moisture and restore the affected area to its pre-damage condition.

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), drying contractors have used in-place drying since the early 1980s. Drying technology (extraction, evaporation, and dehumidification) and a better understanding of psychrometry (measuring moisture) have made drying in place a safer and more practical solution. However, it is more effective if implemented soon after the water loss.

saving hardwood flooring by drying in-place

How We Save Materials & Structures Using In-Place Drying

In-place drying aims to salvage materials and structures without a need for tear-outs. That means no smashing! No contents pack-out!

Here are examples of what we can save:

1. Hardwood Flooring: We can restore wet hardwood floors without removing them. Our team can extract the water from under the floorboards. There’s no need to take the whole floor apart.

2. Drywall and Wall Cavities: Water intrusions in walls often lead to soaked drywall and potential mold damage. With special machines that blow warm, dry air into the wall cavities, we can dry out the affected areas without breaking them.

3. Carpeting and Upholstery: If your carpets or upholstered furniture get wet, we can dry them too! We have powerful machines to remove excess water and dry everything out.

In-Place Drying Equipment

Here is what helps our team get the job done right:

1. Moisture Meters: Technicians use these to measure the moisture content of various materials, including walls, floors, and structural components. These provide accurate readings, helping technicians assess the drying progress and determine when materials have reached their desired moisture levels.

2. Air Movers: Also known as blowers or axial fans, air movers are high-powered devices that generate a concentrated airflow. They promote evaporation by circulating dry air across wet surfaces, enhancing the drying procedure.

3. Dehumidifiers: Extracts moisture from the environment, reducing humidity levels and preventing condensation, which aids in drying the affected areas efficiently.

4. Injectidry Systems: Designed to dry enclosed spaces, such as wall cavities or under flooring. They use hoses and drying panels to deliver warm, dry air directly into hard-to-reach areas, expediting the drying process.

5. Thermal Imaging Cameras: Can detect hidden moisture or water intrusion. They capture infrared images that reveal temperature differences, enabling technicians to identify areas with excess moisture that may not be visible to the naked eye.

6. Hygrometers: Measure and monitor the relative humidity levels in the air. By tracking humidity fluctuations throughout the drying process, technicians can adjust the equipment settings and ensure optimal conditions for efficient drying.

Our IICRC certified water damage technicians are fully equipped to effectively extract moisture, promote drying, and restore water-damaged areas to their pre-loss condition.

Benefits of In-Place Drying

For property owners facing water-related incidents, drying in place is a game-changer. It offers a cost-effective and efficient restoration solution, eliminating the need for extensive demolition and reconstruction. And with its streamlined approach, in-place drying can minimize disruption to daily routines.

1. Cost Savings: In-place drying significantly reduces the need for tear-outs and material replacements, which can be costly. Property owners can save on restoration expenses by salvaging the existing structure and materials.

2. Time Efficiency: Traditional restoration methods often involve lengthy teardowns, reconstruction, and waiting for new materials. In-place drying expedites the restoration process by eliminating the need for repairs, allowing property owners to regain the use of their space more quickly.

3. Minimizes Disruption: In-place drying reduces the disruption to the property and its occupants and allows them to continue their everyday routines. This benefit is particularly advantageous for commercial properties as they can remain operational during the restoration.

4. Preservation of Property: Salvaging the original structure and materials through in-place drying helps preserve the integrity and value of the property.

axial fans dry in-place

Can In-Place Drying Help Prevent Mold Growth?

One of the advantages of in-place drying is its ability to help prevent mold from growing. Mold thrives in damp environments, and if water damage remains unattended, it creates an ideal breeding ground for mold spores.

The strategic placement of air movers and dehumidifiers helps remove excess moisture from affected areas. Thoroughly drying materials and structures in place considerably reduces the chances of mold colonization, thus safeguarding your property and health.

What Should I Do if I Have Water Damage?

Take immediate action to minimize the potential risks of water damage. Here are eight high-priority steps to follow if you find yourself in this situation:

1. Ensure Safety: Prioritize your safety and that of your family. Identify and address any immediate hazards, such as electrical hazards or structural instability. If necessary, evacuate the premises until it’s safe to return.

2. Stop the Water Source: If it’s a burst pipe, plumbing issue, or appliance malfunction, locate the water source and shut it off to prevent further water intrusion and minimize damage.

3. Document the Damage: Take photos or videos of the affected areas and document the extent of the water damage for insurance purposes. This evidence will help support your claim during the restoration process.

4. Call UWRG Long Island: Contact us 24/7 at (631) 494-4764 when you need a reputable, IICRC certified restorer. Our professional water damage restoration technicians have the expertise, resources, and knowledge to assess the damage and promptly begin remediation work.

5. Remove Standing Water: While our team responds on-site within an hour, begin to remove standing water using buckets, mops, or a wet/dry vacuum. However, avoid contact with contaminated water, such as sewage backups.

6. Dry and Ventilate: Open windows, turn on fans, and use dehumidifiers to promote airflow to help prevent mold growth and further damage.

7. Salvage Belongings: Remove and salvage valuable or sentimental items, such as documents, electronics, and furniture, to prevent further damage or deterioration.

8. Avoid DIY Mitigation: It may be tempting to mitigate water damage yourself. Better to leave it to the pros! IICRC certified companies like United assure thorough restoration, minimize health risks, and prevent long-term damage.

Act Fast: Mitigate Water Damage

Keep in mind that taking fast action is essential when addressing water damage. By following these steps and seeking professional assistance, you can mitigate the damage and restore your property to its pre-damage condition efficiently and safely.

Again, (631) 494-4764 is our number. Don’t let water damage disrupt your life—consult our team of pros today!

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