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Why Air Scrubbers AND Dehumidifiers are Important for Repairing Water Damage in Polk County

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Use the Most Effective Tools When it Comes to Dealing with Water Damage in Your Home

When it comes to the clean-up of residential water damage, there are lots of different methods and strategies available for use. The reason for this is that every case is unique. Cracked pipes and burst water mains do not necessarily require the same approach as a backed up toilet or water intrusion from a natural source.

It is up to restoration experts like SERVPRO to select the most effective techniques for repairing water damage in Polk County. We also have to choose the right combination of equipment, so that the drying process progresses as quickly as possible. Our technicians rely on two very important tools to achieve this objective – dehumidifiers and air scrubbers.

Getting to Grips with the Basics

Dehumidifiers and air scrubbers are commonly confused, but they have distinct purposes and operate in different ways. Often, both are present during residential drying, because they complement one another in the right conditions. Dehumidifiers are the more sophisticated device, as they accelerate the rate of natural evaporation.

It is useful for water damaged spaces because the heavy, moisture filled air is forced to transition into a liquid at a faster speed. As long as this water gets captured (and not left to accumulate on surfaces), materials dry much quicker. Dehumidifiers can draw air in at rates of up to 400 CFM.

Air scrubbers, on the other hand, have a slightly different job. They do not influence the level of humidity or change the rate of evaporation. They use rotating fans to draw in the moist air and direct it through a special HEPA filter. Any allergens, airborne debris, and mold spores (which are likely if wet conditions persist for longer than two days) get trapped in the filter.

The Ultimate Drying Team

As air scrubbers ‘clean’ the air, by eliminating irritants, and dehumidifiers dry it, by removing the excess water, they make an excellent restoration team. SERVPRO often introduces both devices to water damaged spaces, because they provide a balanced and comprehensive drying service.

We commonly use larger oscillating fans in proximity to air scrubbers. While they can draw air through the HEPA filter at a rate of up to 900CFM per minute, the addition of fans in larger rooms ensures that all unwanted spores become dislodged from surfaces. Once they are in the air, it is only a matter of time until the filter traps and contains them.

To find out more about the benefits of dehumidifiers and air scrubbers, you can talk to our water damage repair team. SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands deals with floods and leaks of all sizes, so we can help you if your home is a victim. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

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