What Is a Building Dry-Out?

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When your building sustains significant water damage, you’ll need to properly dry your building out before you can make repairs. A building dry-out is the process responsible for drying out your building. It sounds simple enough, but there are in fact several steps and details you have to make sure of to ensure your building is dried out properly. Otherwise, you could be doing more harm than good.

Don’t go too fast

It’s understandable that you want your building to be dried out as quickly as possible. However, if you accelerate the process too much, you can cause excessive cracking of screeds and/or plaster finishes. Not only that, but the woodwork could split and open. This is why it’s always best to dry things out gradually rather than blasting the heaters or dehumidifiers.

Use natural ventilation

Natural ventilation can help remove the moist air inside with drier air from outside. Not only that, but as the dry air moves in, it will pick up more water vapors and take them back outside. So, be sure to open plenty of doors and windows to let the air flow freely. Additionally, the use of a fan facing out towards a window or door can further boost the ventilation in your building.

And use a heat drying system

Ventilation is not the only way to dry out your home. For better results, pair ventilation with a heat drying system. A heater will raise the temperature inside, thereby dropping the relative humidity. But again, be sure not to heat things too quickly or else you’ll suffer from the effects we mentioned earlier.

At Axiom Service Professionals, we offer building dry-out services in addition to other water intrusion assessment and restoration services. Contact us today to learn more!