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How Do Flooded Olathe Homes Return to a Liveable Condition?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Flood Damage Technicians Can Clean and Dry your Olathe Home after a Flood Event.

Why is drying a property necessary?

Moisture is harmful to an indoor environment. When your Olathe home becomes wet, it promotes microbial growth, odours, and disintegration of materials. Fabrics and furnishings may bleed dye, shrink or suffer watermarks and staining. Restoring a flooded property requires careful examination of the drying procedure. By establishing an appropriate drying protocol, SERVPRO technicians can significantly reduce the losses associated with flooding. Our first step to returning a property to its preloss condition is to ensure that it is thoroughly dry. 

What are drying goals?

  • Drying goals are the condition of a property that technicians calculate can return it to a normal state.
  • Once a drying goal is achieved, the property should be close to its preloss condition after flooding.
  • Drying goals apply to both the structure and contents of your home, which can be measured accurately using a range of devices.

Why is humidity important to drying?

A professional flood damage technician working in your Olathe home pays close attention to the affected area's relative humidity (RH.) A professional restorer uses dry air to speed up the evaporation process. Most equipment that improves evaporation also affects humidity. In particular, when the relative humidity drops to below 40%, it begins to pull moisture from materials into the air. This process is especially useful when dealing with a flooded residence as it can help remove moisture from materials that may have absorbed significant amounts of water. SERVPRO technicians set a dry standard and return materials to an average equilibrium moisture content (EMC), which allows a flooded property to return to its preloss condition.

What is a dry standard and EMC?

  • Dry standards are measurements taken from unaffected contents or structure in your home. These become an ideal condition to reach in the affected area, a baseline measurement.
  • Normal Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) is taken from everyday materials and is a knowledge that can be applied to common building materials such as lumber.
  • Dry standards and EMCs are achieved using moisture meters, probes, and sensors regularly to ensure the drying strategy's effectiveness.

The faster you can dry a flooded property, the less damage it incurs. Contact SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa and SERVPRO of Blue Valley at (913) 782-4693.

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