A dehumidifier is a piece of equipment used during the flood clean up process to help speed up the drying process. If your home or property has experienced a flood recently, you’ll want to make sure you dry out the flooded area correctly to avoid potential hazards. A dehumidifier is essential in the flood clean up process. Learn what dehumidifiers are, how they work, and why they are used in a flood below.
What is a Dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier is an essential piece of equipment used in the flood clean up process. It’s job is to remove moisture from the air fast enough to prevent further water damage and potential mold growth. All Pro’s commercial dehumidifiers extract water from the air to dry the surrounding flooring and walls.
Some home improvement stores have dehumidifiers for purchase, but these are small residential dehumidifiers. They will not remove the moisture from the air fast enough to prevent mold growth. You would need several dehumidifiers to match the power of the commercial dehumidifiers we have at All Pro.
How Does it Work?
A dehumidifier is equipped with a fan, coils and heat to draw air in and speed up the drying process. The fan draws high-moisture air into the unit. It then passes through the cooling coils, which turns the moisture particles into solid water where it is collected in a reservoir. This is where the name “dehumidifier” comes into play. The dried-out air is then reheated and passed back into the room, but this time with no moisture.
Why is it Used After a Flood?
Areas that have high moisture levels in the air are prone to producing mold. The reason dehumidifiers are so important to use after a flood is to help speed up the drying process to prevent mold growth. After water is extracted from the affected area, professionals add dehumidifiers and air movers (a fancy term for fans) to not only curb mold growth but to prevent further damage to the walls and structure of the home or property.
Do you have more questions about dehumidifiers? Have you experienced a flood and need help drying out your home or property, OR need help with mold growth? Call our office at 801-748-4020!