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The Importance of Drying Time

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

servpro techs air mover SERVPRO technicians drying a restaurant.

Before starting the remediation process during any water outbreak the drying process must be handled first. Drying time is important because residents can get their home back into shape, business owners can start selling again, and cut cost is ensured for insurance companies.

Drying time is the average number of days between the first air mover or dehumidifier being placed on-site until the last air mover or dehumidifier is removed from the job site. SERVPRO follows the IICRC S500 Standards in order to give customers the best drying time. There are three levels of drying time expectancy there is less than five days which fall under green, between five to seven days is yellow, and finally more than seven days which lands in red. Our goal is to always have drying time be in the green zone.

What causes delay in drying time?

There are multiple factors that can cause a delay in the drying time. One of the most common factors is when residents or property owners unplug the air mover or dehumidifier. Unplugging appliances will surely increase the time needed to dry this also causes water to sit on surfaces which will cause the spread of mold and will further the damage of surfaces resulting in higher cost. Definitely do not unplug appliances.

Another cause of delayed drying time is moving appliances. When technicians set the appliances for drying time they are placed in areas that are most wet. This is not noticeable with the human eye therefore  water levels are measured with water mapping tools for the most accurate drying placement.

Another common factor that may cause drying time are storms or more water leakage. Storms are definitely out of our control so make sure the technician that is working on your case is notified quickly to prevent further damage. If you had a water leakage make sure the water source is shut off everytime water is not needed to be in use.

For further information download SERVPRO’s water  brochure. This brochure will give you more details and instructions on what to do when water hits your home or business.

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