Flood Restoration, Part 3: Drying Out

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07 Jan Flood Restoration, Part 3: Drying Out


Photo by: Frans Devriese

If your property has flooded and you have already assessed the damage, as well as made any initial repairs, you are now ready to begin the drying out process. Try these different methods when working on drying your home as quickly as possible after the flood to minimize mold and other damage or corrosion.

  • Remove wet objects.  Moving all mobile objects to a dry area will help the room dry faster.
  • Natural Air.  As long as the weather permits and the outside air is not too humid, open those windows!  The more air that gets in, the quicker it will dry.
  • Forced Air.  High powered fans and your own air conditioning and heating system (as long as no damage was sustained) can help speed the process along.
  • Dehumidifiers.  Instead of just moving the air, these machines can remove moisture from the air in a room.  Be sure to keep windows and doors closed during this process.
  • Pump/Vacuum:  Sump pumps and wet/dry shop vacs are available for rent from various places.  These are useful if you still have standing water.
  • Desiccants.  These materials soak up moisture and are useful in places such as closets or other small spaces.

 

Once your property is completely dry you can move on to repairing any damage that may have occurred.  It is always best to use a professional, like KADE, to make sure your property is completely dry before proceeding with any construction.

Source: Water Damage Home Repair

See Also: Drying Out Wood Floors and Drying In Place vs. Tearing Out