Water Damage Restoration

Water Extraction and Dry Down.

One of the first things to be done after a flood is to remove the water. After all standing water has been removed, the structure must be thoroughly dried to prevent moisture damage or mold growth.

Homeowners sometimes remove standing water themselves, then neglect to have the area professionally dried because the surfaces look dry or feel "dry to the touch". But behind the scenes the insulation, sill plates, carpet padding and metal channel and many other building materials can hold moisture within the structure resulting in long term water damage.

Without proper drying equipment, it is impossible to draw that moisture out before it cultivates mold or causes other structural damage. Increased moisture in the air after an indoor flood can cause "secondary" damage to drywall, decorative wood, books, artwork and other items, so thorough drying and dehumidification are critical of the water damage restoration process.

After water damage occurs, the items that can be restored within the first 48 hours may not be restored if emergency response is delayed. That is why contacting the right water damage restoration company is vital for your property and belongings.

Anew has the experience and the know how, to quickly assist you in your time of need. We use the latest in drying technology and equipment to better serve our customers.

Moisture Mapping with Digital Meters

Digital meters are one of the most valuable tools used on a restoration project. These handheld devices help us to map the moisture in materials that not only look or feel wet but also the areas that we cannot see; such as insulation, drywall, wood, carpet padding and concrete.

Since the ideal moisture content varies not only from state to state, county to county, but also from one material to another. Many of today's moisture meters allow you to preset a certain level of moisture on the meter. The moment this level is breached an alarm goes off. When you want to measure the content in another area, presumably having a different material, you simply set the meter to the levels needed or use a meter that is specific to the materials.

Using meters for moisture mapping not only allows us to track the drying process of materials along with the air in the structure, it also allows us to calculate when it is time to re-position drying equipment or when it is time to remove the equipment.

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