Water Damage Inside Edition – SERVPRO® Equipment
Although our wonderful team members play a valuable and important role in servicing our customers’ damages, SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties has state of the art equipment that is placed on site to assist in drying the structure. Using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time is of the essence, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform, our team of trained professionals at SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively. Our team members are trained in Psychrometry, which allows them to evaluate air conditions in the structure and establish a drying plan.
Scoping a damage involves our trained team members locating the areas affected by water and determining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Our trained team members use:
- Moisture Sensors – These are us to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
- Moisture Meters – These are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable our SERVPRO® of Sumner County team member to monitor the drying process.
- Thermohrgrometers – These measure both temperature and relative humidity. In capturing these two readings our trained team members calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.
The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is crucial to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster.
- Extractors – These are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following a water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.
Air Moving Equipment
Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.
By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged, structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. SERVPRO® of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties uses two types of dehumidifiers:
- Refrigerant Dehumidifiers – These work similarly to an air conditioner.
- Desiccant Dehumidifiers – The use chemicals, called desiccants, which readily absorb moisture from the air.