It may look simple but structural drying is an applied science. Our expert application allows us to restore items such as:
- Plaster walls, ceilings.
- Timber including flooring, skirting door trims
- Flooring materials such as carpets, floating flooring and other less common materials.
We have successfully restored flooded homes in record times and we are a preferred specialist by some of Australia’s largest insurers.
Depending on the saturation levels of affected materials a range of techniques can be applied. Our technicians are trained to implement the best solution to restore your home is the shortest amount of time.
Climate control such as temperature and humidity are key to structural drying however the local environment plays a significant factor. At Vital Drying Australia we understand that every case is different and that a “cookie cutter” approach may not be suitable. For example the Queensland’s climate is vastly different to Melbourne’s.
Enough jargon, let’s break it down
Generally speaking drying can be viewed in two key phases. The Extraction of standing water and drying through air movement and dehumidification.
A simple concept but absolutely crucial. Water extraction can be achieved in various ways. If flooding is extreme submersible pumps are installed to quickly drain excess water. These are useful in extreme natural hazards such as cyclones. These are also effective is sub-floor flooding from common plumbing leaks. See more on subfloor Drying here.
If plush materials like carpet, rugs, soft furnishings and Manchester are affected the water extraction tools similar to carpet steam cleaners can be used. Our team are armed with a variety of extractors to suit the individual needs.
Phase 2 – Dehumidification
Once the standing water is removed then dehumidification is employed. This has two main components, air movement and climate control.
Air movers are installed to increase the speed of the process. These fans are strategically placed to move air across wet surfaces. The air from the fans passing over the wet surface increases the speed of drying. But they also add excess water molecules to the air increasing the humidity substantially.
Dehumidifiers are machines used to reduce humidity levels in an enclosed space. They operate by collecting water molecules from the air and draining them away leaving the area with dry air.
By controlling the climate including humidity and temperature we can achieve quality results in less time.
Once we understand the extent of your flooring or water leak we plan the dehumidification equipment.
What can you do to assist
There are important actions you can take during the process to assist:
- Leave the equipment running at all times. If you do require to turn the equipment off we suggest only the fans are off for a short amount of time whilst the dehumidifier runs constantly.
- Keep the space closed. If the space is closed during drying then the dehumidifier is only cycling the air within. if you open the space the dehumidifier will loose efficiency as it is cycling air from an external space.
- Ensure any water sources are fixed or removed. In some cases the leak may require maintenance. We suggest this is tended to as soon as possible to limit further damage and limit the time for drying.
Below are some frequently asked questions you may also have:
What is the strange noises?
The dehumidifier will drain water through the drainage tube into household drains. At times it will make a strange noise whilst it pumps the water out. This is completely normal.
How long does the equipment need to run?
Equipment should be run continuously to facilitate the quickest drying time. Our technicians will give you basic instructions on how to turn the equipment on and off.
How will I know when it is done?
We will be back to check on the progress and record the moisture rates to ensure the area is completely dry. Leave the equipment running until we attend and remove it for you.
What about the cost of running equipment?
When we invest in new equipment we look for optimal performance with minimal energy consumption.
At the end of our drying we will provide the types of equipment, the power drawn from each piece and running time for the course of our works.
This is used to calculate the energy consumption and cost.
In cases where you are claiming though your insurance you may be entitled to a reimbursement. This information is submitted to the ensurer so you can submit your request.
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