Structural Drying

Best Structural Drying and Dehumidification Services​

Wood, fabric, drywall, and electrical systems are not intended to be used in wet conditions. Excess water can cause the foundation beneath your structure to shift, threatening more than just your possessions.

Moisture promotes rapid mold growth, jeopardizes critical structural components (such as wiring, HVAC, and plumbing), and can contribute to serious health issues in your household. 

The best way to stop the damage is to dry everything out as soon as possible so that repair and restoration can begin. The sooner you dry out, the sooner you can resume your normal life.

International City Water Damage Restoration partners are experts at structural drying. They’ll thoroughly dry your property by utilizing science-backed drying techniques. Check psychrometrics to learn more. 

They provide the following services:

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The dehumidification process is the inverse of adding water to the room with an evaporative cooler, and instead releases heat. Therefore, an in-room dehumidifier will always warm the room and reduce the relative humidity indirectly, as well as reducing the humidity more directly, by condensing and removing water.

Dehumidification and structural drying are in an essence the terms referring to the same thing – drying of your property after water damage

Depending on who you ask, some might say that water removal is a part of dehumidification while others might say that dehumidification is a part of the water removal process instead. 

What matters for you to take away is the fact that dehumidification is, again, based on science and all experts we work with follow the guidelines to the tee. You can confidently call our number at (562) 548-5571 and know that you will receive professional service. 

If the right circumstances are present, mold can grow and spread quickly. Dehumidifiers don’t actually kill mold, but by lowering humidity, they can aid in preventing it from forming within your home in the future. 

On a room-by-room basis, it takes any damaged regions roughly 72 hours to totally dry-up. Drying periods could be extended for larger water-damaged regions. No matter how much of a space was impacted, we must adhere to particular procedures to totally restore the interior quality of your property.

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How Does Structural Drying Work?

It starts with water removal. We’ve already described how that works on our water removal page, so feel free to check that out if you’re interested. But let’s move on to the next steps.

After physically extracting the majority of the water from the area, the remaining moisture must be evaporated using high-velocity air movers. Technological advancements have resulted in the development of new types of air movers designed specifically for rapid structural drying.

They provide a high volume of air movement while using less energy, resulting in an increased efficiency. 

Dehumidification will also be applied. Even if the moisture has been removed from the floors or drywall, it is not completely gone. Moisture evaporates and forms a vapor that remains in the atmosphere. 

Without dehumidification, this moisture can absorb back into the home’s materials and continue to damage it. Mold growth would begin, and you would most likely have another problem to deal with.

Dehumidification is critical for preventing mold growth and removing excess moisture from your home.

Equipment Used for Water Damage Drying

Our professionals use this equipment during dehumidification:

  • Dehumidifiers: After the bulk of the water has been removed, dehumidifiers are used to reduce the moisture content in the air and structures. This helps prevent mold growth.
  • Air Movers: Air movers are powerful fans that enhance the drying process by increasing air circulation. They work in conjunction with dehumidifiers to speed up the evaporation of water.
  • Moisture Meters: These devices are used to measure the moisture content in building materials and help professionals determine when the area is completely dry and safe for reoccupation.
  • Infrared Cameras: Infrared cameras can detect hidden pockets of moisture within walls or ceilings, allowing technicians to pinpoint areas that require additional attention.
  • Injectidry Systems: These systems use specialized equipment to inject air into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas to facilitate drying.
  • Truck-Mounted Desiccant Dehumidifiers: For large-scale commercial or industrial water extraction, these high-capacity dehumidifiers can be mounted on trucks to handle substantial water damage situations.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Technicians use appropriate PPE, such as gloves, masks, and waterproof boots, to protect themselves during the extraction process.
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How Moisture Harms Buildings - And Why Structural Drying is so Important

Structural drying is not just about drying out your drywall and hardwood flooring; it’s about keeping your home intact. 

Excessive moisture can weaken the structural integrity of a building in several ways:

  • Foundation Damage: Prolonged exposure to water and high levels of moisture can erode the foundation of a home. This can lead to shifts in the foundation, which may result in cracks in the walls, uneven floors, and other structural problems.
  • Wood Rot: Moisture is particularly damaging to wooden components in a home, such as structural beams, floor joists, and support columns. When wood remains damp for extended periods, it can start to rot. This weakens the wood, reducing its load-bearing capacity and compromising the structural integrity of the building.
  • Metal Corrosion: Moisture can also lead to the corrosion of metal components in a building, including structural elements like steel beams. Corrosion weakens metal, which can have serious consequences for a building’s stability too.
  • Soil Erosion: In some cases, water-saturated soil around a home can lead to soil erosion. This can result in the foundation shifting or sinking.

This is why you MUST react if you have a serious water leak or a flooding problem in your house. Call us to restore the damage for you today!