Past methods involved inserting air movers beneath the carpeting, permitting it to float on a cushion of air. With a single air mover every 200 – 250 sq. ft., it was a high-electricity consuming, intensive procedure which took a while to complete.
Air movers today sit on top of carpet, as well as face the wall at a 45° angle that spreads the air movement around. One air mover is placed every 12 – 16 linear feet, which means a 10’ x 12’ room requires 4 air movers where 2 sub-carpet units would’ve been utilized with the old system. More equipment is needed; however, they each utilize less electricity and finish the drying procedure in a shorter time.
Here is the key to preventing such situations: use low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers that remove more moisture from the air than additional techniques. It often is an overlooked yet critical portion of structural drying.
The Water Removal Phase – Water Extraction
The removal of water within its liquid state is at a minimum of 500 times more effective than skipping this measure and going directly into using dehumidifiers and air movers. Special equipment extracts water with amazing efficiency from cushion and carpet.
The Evaporation Phase – Airflow
As the most water possible is removed physically, the rest of the moisture is evaporated using high-velocity air movers. New kinds of air movers recently have become specifically available for structural drying. They offer a high quantity of air movement with less consumption of energy to improve efficiency.
The Balanced Evaporation Phase – Dehumidification
When the moisture is dried out of the cushion and carpet, it does not just disappear; it’ll evaporate and become water vapor inside the air. Without a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the air, additional absorbent materials inside the room might soak up the dampness and become damaged. The process of drying would be delayed, and the growth of mold certainly would occur.
The Temperature Maintenance Phase – Temperature Control
Warm air that is between 70 – 90℉ is ideal, particularly for the initial 36 – 48 hours of drying. Colder air slows evaporation; therefore, being warmer than 70℉ helps in the process of evaporation. Air that is too hot and above 90℉ impedes the effectiveness of the dehumidifier.
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