Lenz Contractors Inc San Antonio Flooding Restoration
Lenz Contractors Inc will rapidly remove moisture from your structure. The drying process must be accomplished as quickly as possible to mitigate the damage to your building and its contents. Progressive and permanent damage to woodwork, cabinets, drywall, insulation, painted surfaces, fabrics and most furnishings will result if drying & dehumidification is not done promptly. Time is the enemy in preventing additional and more serious damage from your flood event.
After assuring the source of the moisture has been eliminated, the first step in this process is to extract as much water as possible using our high powered water extraction equipment. Often damaged interior finishes such as drywall (sheetrock) and carpet must be removed to facilitate drying. In many cases carpet can be reused, but we generally recommend using new carpet pad.
The next step in the drying process is to evaporate the remaining moisture into the building’s atmosphere. This is accomplished by high powered air movers and turbo axial fans that have been strategically placed to maximize evaporation of moisture.
The moisture which was evaporated into the atmosphere is now able to be removed using dehumidification equipment. The most commonly equipment HHCC uses are desiccant and refrigeration dehumidifiers. Both of these types of equipment have their advantages. Although the refrigeration type units are unable to remove as much humidity from the atmosphere, they do generate more heat than the desiccant dehumidifiers, with a net heat gain. Warmer air has the capacity to carry more humidity than cool air. The drying process is always much more rapid in a warm environment than a cool one.
The desiccant dehumidifiers have the ability to remove more moisture from the atmosphere and operate at lower temperatures than the refrigerant style dehumidifiers. Their use will result in a lower relative humidity, which is desirable.
The drying process generally takes 2-3 days under normal circumstances. Additional drying time may be required for severe cases and where extremely hydroscopic materials are present. Daily monitoring of the drying process is required using specialized psychometric equipment and adjustment of the drying equipment is required for maximum effectiveness of the drying process. Final psychometric measurements must be taken to assure that the drying goals have been met as required for various finishes and structural components.