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Should I open My Windows After Flood Damage?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

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West Palm Beach Residents Want To Air Their Homes Quickly.

Nobody living in West Palm Beach wants their home to smell damp. A fresh-smelling home is much nicer than one that smells bad.

After flood damage, West Palm Beach homeowners might open their windows to help with the airflow. It’s natural to assume that an open window and better air circulation is a cure for lingering damp odors after a flood. However, open windows can interfere with the dehumidifying process.

Why is dehumidifying a vital part of flood damage restoration?

The first stage of flood damage restoration is pumping out standing water. After your home is free of water, it is time to clean, dry, and disinfect. But running dehumidifiers is essential too. 

Dehumidifiers dry the air and remove the lingering damp feeling

Dehumidifiers help dry out carpets, furnishings, and the structure of the home, 

            to prevent water damage

Dehumidifiers help get rid of leftover damp smells

Dehumidifiers are an essential part of preventing mold growth after a flood

Why is it important to keep the windows closed?

The dehumidification process requires a closed drying system with all doors and windows closed. A closed system makes it easier to control the environment and monitor drying progress.

What kind of dehumidifiers does SERVPRO use?

SERVPRO teams use three types of dehumidifier:

Conventional refrigerants – use refrigerant coils to trap and cool the air, and turn it into moisture droplets before pumping the droplets away from the structure

Low grain refrigerants – work similarly to conventional refrigerants except that they pre-cool the air before moving it across the coils

Desiccants – use water-absorbing compounds to absorb moisture from the air and then vent the moisture-laden air out of the building

Each type of unit has its strengths. Conventional devices are our most commonly-used dehumidifiers as they work in a range of conditions. Low grain units can dry to a lower level of humidity and are more energy-efficient. Desiccant units lower humidity much faster than refrigerant types.

No matter what the scenario, you can rest assured that our teams know which unit is best for each situation.

If you are concerned about getting your home dry after flood damage, give SERVPRO of Lake Worth a call at (561) 588-9777.

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