After fire suppression methods like sprinklers or fire hoses are activated, the water causes damages, such as flooding, warping, structural issues, and potentially mold. Dehumidification is an important part of post-fire recovery. ATI has the experience and the technology to efficiently remove the moisture in the affected areas to prevent potential issues (such as structural damage) and get your commercial property back to business quickly.
ATI’s disaster recovery experts have access to the best, most comprehensive dehumidification tools in the industry. We dry and dehumidify your building to address the water left behind after a fire has been put out by using negative air machines, industrial dehumidifiers, air movers, and other humidity controls.
Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and can retain a significant amount of moisture. This causes materials to warp, swell, break down, and/or encourage mold growth. Using tools like hygrometers to help determine the humidity level in the facility, ATI technicians craft a custom plan to implement dehumidification systems and moisture control that will improve indoor air quality by manipulating the temperature and humidity. We use industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to accelerate evaporation behind the walls, beneath the floors, and in other hard-to-access areas. Moisture monitoring equipment is also used to ensure acceptable moisture levels and that drying goals are reached.
Dehumidification happens in phases that depend on the extent of the water damage in your building. First, if necessary, water extraction removes the bulk of the water from flooded areas. Once the water is removed from a facility, a custom plan is created by ATI to address the specific needs of the building. Various tools can be used depending on what is needed, such as industrial dehumidifiers, air movers, negative air machines, and more. Dehumidification is considered complete when test results show that the environment is completely dry according to the drying goals appropriate for the building and region.
ATI’s professional dehumidification services may include an evaluation of the building’s moisture using moisture meters. Once the team has evaluated moisture levels, a customized dehumidification plan is established. The dehumidification process may include various tools during multiple phases, including negative air machines, industrial dehumidifiers, air movers, fans, etc. As the building dries, the team measures moisture to ensure a completely dry environment. Following dehumidification, the team works with you in implementing best practices that prevent moisture in the future.
Dehumidification times vary but typically range from 1-5 days. More time may be needed depending on the level of damage, environmental humidity levels, and whether the building requires extensive water extraction. The timeline can also depend on the building’s location and the season.
Contact your disaster recovery firm immediately to begin water extraction. The longer water sits, the more damage it will cause and the more likely you’ll experience excess moisture in your building long-term.
Yes, but it will depend on your building’s geographic location and whether the humidity in your building has access to the outside. Evaporation is possible if you are in a warm, dry climate and your building’s indoor air is easily conditioned by outside air via windows, doors and other openings. This method tends to be significantly longer, and not a very reliable, drying process.