Water Leak Causing Water Damage
We invest a lot of time in training and certifications, and have years of experience. We are the professionals in the industry, making sure we take care of our customers. Often a leak can appear harmless enough and the first thought is to simply place a fan to blow air on the wet area. This seems to be the logical answer, right?
Let me cover some basics and explain why we use the science behind structural drying to facilitate the work we do:
Air Movement = Evaporation
There is a layer of moisture in the air just above the water that leaked into your carpet or other type of flooring. This is known as the boundary layer and it prevents some of the natural drying that occurs when air movement hits the surface of the wet area.
As illustrated above, a fan can cause water to evaporate from one area of your home, but where does that water go when it evaporates? Remember in school how they taught that matter can neither be created or destroyed? Here it is in application – the water evaporates into the air, however, if not removed properly from the air, the moisture can condense on another location causing secondary damage. This could be in the form of microbial growth on a surface away from the source of the leak or secondary damage to wood or other materials as they take on the moisture from the air.
So what can be done? The information provided by an insurance company is helpful, however their most helpful effort is in fine print at the bottom of the page, unfortunately. Here is what they say as their disclaimer:
* Water leaks can be dangerous. Use extreme caution when using any electrical device to remove water or clean up after a water leak. These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards. If you are unsure or uncomfortable doing of any of these steps, leave clean-up to a licensed professional.
There are more than just fans in our tool chest, we use dehumidifiers that work at a very high level, to safely and quickly reduce the moisture in an environment, and transfer it away so you do not have secondary damage from the evaporation we are creating. There are other concerns as well, such as electrocution or slips and falls, so the insurance company has one more piece of advice “leave clean-up to a licensed professional”.
Check the tips that the insurance company offers here