Tearing out water-damaged drywall and replacing it with new materials will lead to future moisture problems if even a small amount of moisture remains trapped behind the new wall material.
Structural wood framing should contain no more than 14% moisture (12% or less is ideal). As a comparison, firewood is dry enough to burn when its moisture content is 20% or less.
Flooding water deals enormous damage to a building. However, the worst of the damage is often not caused directly by the flooding itself.
Once the standing water has been removed, moisture will still exist in areas such as fiberglass insulation, drywall, carpeting, and within structural wood.
If this moisture is not dried and removed completely, it will encourage mold growth behind the walls and in enclosed cavities (closets, wall voids, cabinets, crawl spaces) within the building.
In addition to mold growth, building humidity will also enhance the growth of allergenic dust mites and health-compromising bacteria.
The dark, humid environment also provides an ideal habitat for a wide variety of pests, including cockroaches, termites, carpenter ants, rodents, wood-boring beetles, and more.
Call us for a free water removal quote today! We serve Dearborn, Warren, Sterling Heights, Livonia and many nearby areas of Michigan.
Some dehumidifiers on the market today attempt to keep your basement dry by blowing outside air into the home. This is a mistake!
100cfm of outside air, at a 70°F dewpoint, will bring in over 10 gallons of water every day. In your cool basement, this humidity condensates, providing ample moisture for mold growth.
Additionally, long-term moisture in a building will lead to a variety of other serious problems, including warping wood, blistering paint, odors, and damaged electrical components of the home.
Saturated building materials may also release hazardous chemicals and gasses. If your home is experiencing flooding, it's vitally important that drying begins as soon as possible.
For a free written humidity control & drying quote in your area, call or e-mail us today! We provide services to structures of all types -- commercial, municipal, and residential -- throughout the Michigan area.
Our service area includes Farmington, Rochester, Westland, Southfield, Clinton, and the surrounding regions.
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