As a professional restoration contractor, you need to be equipped with the right tools to effectively and efficiently restore a property damaged by water. Standard dehumidifiers used for humid basements aren't as effective at eliminating water damage, so you need a more powerful commercial LGR dehumidifier. Air blowers, also known as air motors, work together with dehumidifiers to quickly dry parts of a home, such as drywall, floors and carpets. In extreme cases, the drywall may need to be removed to dry the wall frame, or holes may simply need to be cut for air from the air motor to flow into that area.
Sometimes floors and carpets can also be dried from top to bottom, or the top layers may need to be removed to dry the subfloor with an air impeller. In any of these scenarios, it is important to have an air motor to complete the drying process. When deciding what type of pneumatic conveyor you want, consider investing in stackable equipment if you want to fit all your equipment in a truck that doesn't have a lot of extra space. Make sure that you can chain the air transport machines you buy in chains if you work in a place with limited access to electricity.
There are two main types of air blowers: axial air blowers are used to dry materials from top to bottom, while centrifugal air motors are used to guide air to specific areas, such as under cabinets or behind drywall. Air purifiers are also essential for major jobs that include a lot of dust or mold, and when there is category 3 damage or sewage, they help eliminate bacteria and harmful elements that water leaves behind in affected areas. Moisture detectors are small portable devices that identify water damage around drywall, floors, moldings and other surfaces. They can also detect the severity of the damage.
Pinless moisture meters have electromagnetic sensors to determine the location of moisture that causes structural damage and indicate how much moisture is there. They have a flat surface and are more effective at measuring moisture on the surface of materials. Other moisture detectors have pins that can be stuck into a material to determine if there is moisture below its surface. Some moisture detectors have both functions in one, which may be the most efficient option for your business and reduce the number of tools that take up space in your restoration tool arsenal.
Self-propelled dump containers are useful for removing water-damaged materials from the workplace and raising dehumidifiers and other drying equipment to windows on the first floor or to the second floor. Class one damage is the least serious and involves a minimum amount of water leakage in low-porosity materials. An example of class one water damage could include an overflowing toilet on a tile floor. Once you've removed most of the water, drying will be easy.
In addition to understanding categories and classifications of water damage, specialized training in TEA helps you understand the science of water damage and best practices on water loss. It's impossible to restore a property damaged by water until it's been properly mitigated, as professional restoration contractors must know what needs to be done first. After inclement weather, water damage is likely to become widespread and affect several homes, businesses, and other buildings. In the final stages of repairing water damage, odor control and disinfection help make your building habitable again.
Here are several must-have pieces of water damage restoration equipment you need in your toolbox: commercial LGR dehumidifier; axial air blower; centrifugal air motor; air purifier; pinless moisture meter; self-propelled dump container; specialized training in TEA; odor control; disinfection.