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Psychometry Principles for Jacksonville Water Damage Restoration

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water spewing from pipe Air temperature and humidity can affect the drying process.

Drying Factors of Water Damage Restoration 

One of the critical lessons our SERVPRO team learns in our pursuit of knowledge on effectively managing water and flood damage is psychometry, or the study of how water behaves with materials and under specific conditions. Knowing these answers can help our restoration team to provide direct and effective drying and cleaning approaches. Ultimately, the process comes down to balancing specific drying principles.

Suitable Airflow 

Water damage restoration for Jacksonville properties will start with the proper drying equipment and implements. The use of air is crucial to begin evaporation and allow moisture grains of the environment to find their way outside the residence. Manipulating airflow can involve several approaches and pathways, including:

  • Air movers
  • Ventilation
  • Structural openings

The Right Temperature 

There are many ways that having an ideal drying zone temperature will help the efficiency and efficacy of water removal and restoration. Warmer temperatures allow molecules to move faster, ultimately drying surfaces quicker or permitting needed surface-cleaning chemical processes to do the same. Warmer temperatures in the drying area also increase the relative humidity, allowing the environment to absorb more moisture before stalling the evaporation processes.

Regulating Relative Humidity

Humidity is another essential factor of psychometry to consider. More than balancing the airflow and the temperature is required, as the environment ends up overwhelmed by the newly generated moisture grains from the evaporation process. SERVPRO must implement tools and strategies to reduce this relative humidity to manageable levels, allowing the complete drying process to continue and reducing heavy air saturation that might promote secondary threats like mold growth. Tools used in this process can include:

  • Hygrometers
  • Heaters
  • Desiccants
  • Low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers

You cannot predict how disasters will impact your property, but you can choose who to trust with water damage restoration in your Jacksonville home. Give our SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties team a call at (910) 319-0600.

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