Water Damage Restoration - Understanding The New Convectant Drying Technique

If a part of your home has become flooded with water, then you need to understand why professional convectant drying is superior to other conventional water damage restoration techniques.

Conventional Water Damage Restoration

Conventional water damage restoration techniques relied on large fans, dehumidifiers, and chemical desiccants to dry water damaged areas. While these methods do eventually result in drying, they also lead to secondary damage because the water is not removed in a timely fashion. Extended exposure to water causes:

  • ruined subfloor materials
  • warped wood flooring
  • curling of baseboards
  • mold/mildew/fungal growth

Additionally, water can wick up walls and leave permanent stains and bubbles on their sheetrock. This is both a cosmetic issue and a serious problem because the sheetrock is not fixable and will need to be torn out and replaced.

Convectant Drying Technique Basics

The convectant drying technique has been perfected over the last couple decades. The convectant drying system relies on a large heater that is either portable or truck-mounted. The heater treats the outside air by removing all of its humidity.

The dehumidified air is then pumped into the water damaged area to heat its temperature as warm as possible. The excessive heat causes the water in the area to quickly evaporate. 

At the same time as the heater is running, an exhaust system is running to collect any moisture that is released by the evaporating water. The collected moisture is then released outside of your home.

The result of this process is a very dry area which is not able to support the growth of mold or mildew. Additionally, since all of the surfaces are completely dry, there will not be any secondary damage to the flooring or walls if the problem is remediated as soon as possible after the flooding event.

Convectant Drying Advantages

There are many advantages of the convectant method of water removal, including:

  • environmentally friendly
  • impedes mold/mildew/fungi growth 
  • less secondary damage

Also, this type of drying results in a much cleaner result with no residual desiccants or other harmful chemical drying agents. This is best for households with small children or pets. This type of drying is also a lower cost option than other drying processes available today.

Final Thoughts

Now that you can clearly see the benefits of the convectant drying technique, you should contact a local water restoration damage contracting company in your local area to come out and dry your home's flooded area.