Why Structural Drying Is Important After A Flood

water extractionApplied structural drying is part of the professional water damage recovery curriculum developed by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The science and technology of water damage remediation continues to evolve rapidly. Standard procedures now benefit from advanced research and methods to achieve total dryness quickly while minimizing disruption to structure and occupants. Certification in this specialty involves techniques that extend beyond just getting water out. Here’s how elements of applied structural drying make water damage recovery a science, as well as a trained skill.

Methods
As a critical part of structural drying, psychrometry is a system of accurately measuring moisture content inside a water-damaged house, tracking the recovery process and verifying that industry-standard criteria have been achieved. Assessing the extent, pinpointing the location of water damage and documenting results requires specialized techniques and the trained expertise of IICRC-certified technicians. Psychrometry ensures consistent results and typically accelerates the water damage recovery process.

Drying In Place
Emptying the entire house, tearing out carpets and dismantling structure in a random search for water is not an efficient mitigation strategy. Structural drying in place utilizes equipment and techniques to accurately detect and dry moisture wherever it may have spread. This allows recovery professionals to target specific areas for drying and mold treatment, without expending time and effort on areas unaffected by water.

Principles of structural drying typically rely more on technology and specialized equipment versus old-school manual methods. For example, instead of always ripping up wet carpets and padding, drying in place utilizes powerful extractors that can pull clean water—such as from common pipe ruptures—out of carpets and padding without lifting or removing them from the house.

Additional benefits of structural drying include:

  • Occupants get full access to the house sooner.
  • Insurance claims are usually resolved faster.
  • Risk of accompanying issues such as toxic mold growth are reduced.

For professional water damage recovery services by technicians certified and equipped for IICRC applied structural drying techniques, contact Rytech, Inc.

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