What is Structural Drying?

Simply, Structural Drying is the process of removing excess moisture from wet structural materials until it reaches a reasonable approximation of the standard or goal of dryness level. The drying goal should be set such that the affected structural material dries within an acceptable range.  Ideally, a goal that is in a reasonable time frame and considers budgetary restrictions. Structural Drying is needed due to water structural materials being exposed to water for a period of time, short or long. It’s important to understand the effects of water damage, the importance of a fast response, and the importance of the scope of restoration and its process.

Water Damage Effect!

Water is very destructive to structural materials such as wood, plaster, drywall and surprisingly concrete. However, the most destruction comes from the water moisture left behind. Minute amounts of dampness and subsequent humidity is the breeding ground for decomposition. Humid conditions and accompanying moisture are supporters of mold growth. Mold is detrimental to your and your family’s health and will require extensive remediation. Do not neglect the effects of moisture after water damage. It’s highly important to contact ACR as soon as possible.

Quick Response is Vital!

Addressing water damage immediately is the key to success. Once the standing water is removed structural drying must begin immediately. Extensive moisture exposure will start the growth of mold and spread its damages. When you call ACR restoration will be at your address right away and equipped to handle the water removal and structural drying within 20 minutes of arrival. We understand the necessity of a fast response and we never keep our clients waiting.

Scope of Structural Drying Process

Understanding the scope of the structural drying restoration process is key to making sure it’s done right. The first step is to remove any excess of water in the affected area. Additionally, the source of the water damage must be addressed. The second step is to remove any material or items and then too damaged to salvage. Unfortunately, depending on the scale of damage this could mean a major disposal. We will then start the structural drying, which includes drying equipment, begin mold remittitur remediation if needed, and initiate older neutralization.

They structural process contains many methods of drying structural materials in the contents therein. The industry, since the early 1980s, has been instructed to use the in-place drying system. This method was used because it did not require the removal of most furnishings or fixtures, however, it had its restrictions due to limitations due to extraction, evaporation, and dehumidification equipment. Recently drying technology has improved due to a better understanding of psychrometry.  This new advanced in-place drying process has become far more safe and practical.

The bulk of water in structural materials is usually held in horizontal surfaces, such as: bottom plates, decking, subfloors and joists. Structural material dries at different rates. The porousness of the material determines the amount of time that is required to thoroughly dry. The process of evaporating moisture from wet structural materials is important and the drying process can be accelerated using principles of restoration.  By using low vapor pressure, which is created by hot dry air movement across the surface of wet structural material, guarantees efficient drying.  Special care must be taken to ensure water vapor molecules do not increase and create high relative humidity situations that create accumulation, or condensation.

With just one call to ACR Restoration you can get all the help you need exactly when you need it. Instead of calling and coordinating with multiple companies, count on us to handle it all.