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Selecting the Right Dehumidifier for Water Removal in Highland City Homes

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

The two main types of dehumidifier are the desiccant and the refrigerant. They both work towards the same goal, but they do it in different ways.

Choosing the Correct Dehumidifier in Highland City Homes for Water Removal 

When flooding strikes, there are all kinds of tools and devices which can be used to remove water and restore safety to a home. While complete remediation is a complex process and involves various stages, water removal is the primary task.

Pumping and dehumidification are very different techniques, but they are both designed to carry out effective water removal in Highland City homes. After pumping has dealt with as much standing water as possible, dehumidifiers are used to draw moisture out of porous materials.

Keep reading for information on the different types of dehumidifiers utilized by SERVPRO during restoration and cleanup projects.

Removing Water from the Air

The two main types of dehumidifier are the desiccant and the refrigerant. They both work towards the same goal (extracting water from the air), but they do it in slightly different ways. Desiccant devices pull moisture from the air and into the machine, where it gets captured by a special gel. On the other hand, refrigerant dehumidifiers use icy coil systems to do the same job.

Safe Disposal of Water

It means that they handle excess water in different ways too. While desiccant machines only capture the water and hold it in a receptacle, refrigerant devices actually convert it back into clean, dry air. It is one of the reasons why they are the more common choice for SERVPRO. When combined with air movers, refrigerant dehumidifiers are ideal for establishing a controlled, sustainable level of humidity.

Best Times to Operate

Even though refrigerant dehumidifiers are very sophisticated, they are not always a suitable choice. For instance, in conditions below fifty degrees, desiccant machines perform better. Refrigerant dehumidifiers find their optimal conditions above this threshold. They are also very energy efficient, so they are a viable choice even in buildings with low power.

Speed of Water Removal

Desiccant drying machines are particularly handy when it comes to drying out less porous materials (than fabric). They include things like concrete, hardwood, and plasterboard. In contrast, refrigerant dehumidifiers excel when used to treat very porous items like carpets, sofas, curtains, and other soft furnishings.

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The quicker you respond to a flood or leak, the easier it is to dry out a home using dehumidifiers and other restoration equipment. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands for fast, effective repairs. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

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