How Long does it take to Dry Water Damage?

Is your house or office suffering from a flood? We understand that the situation becomes a real mess. And every single member of the house comes up with a question; how long will it take to dry water damage?

The aftermath of the flood leaves you with a feeling of frustration and makes it more annoying to see everything getting destroyed in front of you. So, it’s obvious to become impatient and curious to know when it will all end and you can get back to a normal life.

How Long does it take to Dry Water Damage?

Few Methods to Dry Water Damage:

Getting things out from the reach of water, identifying and fixing the problem are the first steps. But this simply doesn’t finish the job. In fact, it is barely half of the work. The major work is the proper drying of your building and everything inside. And the drying process is, unfortunately, the longest process and a real time-eater.

This is where most of the time is spent on water damage restoration. It can take from between 12 hours to a few weeks depending on the method used, the extent of the damage and the expanse. However, the usual standard time to dry water damage is 5 days.

Now, it’s time to discuss the methods used to dry the effect from water damage:

1. Dehumidifying

This process is complicated and is used in large spaces having high priority. The process involves the removal of moisture from the air and all surrounding material in the affected area. Dehumidification is the one surefire way to ensure that everything is safely and properly dried. Also, it is one of the quickest ways to dry water damage.

2. The Use Of Fans

Usually, after a water pump is used to drain out wetness from flooded buildings. The introduction of fans can make the drying process more effective with the help of air circulation.

It is a great method, although, it can be dangerous if mold is present in the area. It’s because the forceful air applied would only spread the spores of the mold and cause it to multiply much quicker, spreading all over the building. So, before you try out this method, conduct a thorough mold inspection.

3. Air Drying

This method is a much simpler and easy process, like opening a window. It is only passable however in small spaces and will not work in places with high levels of humidity. It is most reliable in a dry and sunny season where the heat of the sun, without the involvement of humidity, can dry out the affected area.

All things considered, this process takes the longest to fully dry anything.

It’s Not That Simple to Dry Water Damage!

The drying process is tricky. Even after you are done, and you feel like everything is dried, the water damage could still be present.

It could be wetness in your walls which would eventually cause swelling and cracks and mold. It could even result in wetness that has seeped down into the foundations to ruin them, and once again, spread mold which would cause health problems in the buildings, not to mention the foul stench.

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You must ensure that the water damage is truly gone. It must not lurk in the shadows biding it’s time and growing before striking again with a vengeance and causing more destruction. Even to the point of rendering the building unfit for occupancy.

To make a proper check you are going to need professional grades moisture meters like a thermal camera or a GE meter. These are not going to be found in walk-in stores so you would need a professional to come in.

The Takeaway

Water damage can be a pain to deal with. All roads lead to Dry Effect (water damage restoration and mold remediation company), whether you call one in at the start, or you choose to go the hard way and suffer through the attempts to tackle the problem yourself only to not succeed.

It is much better to approach a Water Damage Restoration Company right from the beginning and avoid unnecessary cost from further damage.

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About Lisa McIntyre

Lisa McIntyre has always resided in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She graduated from University of Cincinnati with a degree in Applied Science. Ultimately, her passion for science and teaching came to fruition after her husband requested her assistance in developing Dry Effect Restoration Services. She was able to develop her knowledge, degrees and certifications further in many indoor air quality associations and organizations. Thus allowing her to educate Realtors and Insurance Agents on the damages that many common indoor air quality irritants and water bacterial growths can lead to in ones home or business. Over 10 years later she’s glad to have taken the leap of faith to assist her husband what seemed to be a fun project into a lifetime achievement and to see the individuals she teaches prosper from their newly found knowledge.

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