Flood Remediation and the Importance of Dehumidification

The aftermath of a flood can bring on a set of challenges, including the destruction of walls and floors. Water damage can also set off a trail of destruction, as flooding also creates an ideal environment for contaminants to breed. Flood water often contains harmful bacteria such as E-Coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Coliforms etc., as well as mold spores. The longer flood water stays in place, the more dangerous it becomes for you.

Therefore, flood remediation is vital for not only removing standing flood water if your property becomes damaged but also making sure the space is made safe again. Flood remediation includes eliminating excess humidity by dehumidifying your property post-flooding and ensuring there is no potential for mold growth.

Dehumidification

Dehumidification is a process in which humidity levels are reduced. There are dehumidifiers that can be placed inside a room or attached to an AC unit that will help eliminate excess moisture from the air. There are two main types of dehumidifiers: active dehumidifiers and passive dehumidifiers. Active dehumidifiers require water drainage systems for it to work, whereas passive dehumidifiers only need ventilation with no connection to plumbing or AC units.

To begin the dehumidifying process, cold air is drawn into the dehumidifier and sent across a cold coil. The dew point of the air will be lowered as it becomes saturated with water, causing condensation to occur on the dew point coils. Warm air then flows into the dehumidifier and collects the water droplets. Finally, dehumidified air with lower humidity levels is released back into the space.

The Benefits of Dehumidification

The dehumidification process eliminates excess moisture from the property and prevents mold and mildew growth. In addition, it lowers humidity levels in general by extracting excess moisture in hot summer months. Dehumidifiers also help increase cooling efficiency in summer months by dehumidifying the air which helps your AC work more efficiently. Furthermore, dehumidifiers also reduce static electricity and keep you healthier.

Dehumidification can also help lower monthly energy bills because dehumidified air with lower humidity levels means that you will use less cooling power to cool down the dehumidified air. This will help in lowering your overall monthly usage of electric for cooling purposes such as using an AC. Dehumidifiers also provide similar benefits in winter months when humidity is high inside your space so you won’t have to turn up the heat as much but still stay comfortable.

Contact Us for Flood Remediation

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of flood remediation, dehumidification, and the potential health hazards it creates, call Shepherd’s Disaster Home Remediation. We specialize in flood remediation and we’ll restore your space to its top condition while making sure it’s free from mildew or mold growth due to flooding. We have the experience and expertise to help you keep your space safe and sound. Call us today at 650.459.4557 or online. We’re here to help and we look forward to hearing from you.

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