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Tips on Flooding


The problem drying out your Home before Redecorating? If flooding has occurred in your home all materials submerged in flood water will absorb a large amount of water. Often redecorating too soon after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth, insect infestations, and deterioration of the wooded flooring and plastered walls.

How long until its dry
It may take weeks for the entire fabric to be adequately dry to start redecorating. The drying times can vary depending on the initial moisture content and the drying conditions.

How can I tell if it's dry enough?
Test the entire fabric that has been affected with a moisture meter. Wood should have a moisture content of less than 15 percent before any work can be started. Do-it-yourselfers may be able to borrow or hire a meter from the local hire centre. If a building contractor is doing the work, homeowners should have the contractor verify with a meter that the wood is dry.

How Can I Dry Things Out?
Ventilation:
Ventilation is usually the best way to dry things out and can remove several gallons of water per day. Provide an entrance and exhaust opening for air to promote cross-ventilation. Place a fan in a window or door with the fan to the outdoors. Seal the rest of the opening with cardboard, plywood or blankets so the fan can create a vacuum. Use fans to circulate air over wet surfaces. Face fans into corners or other hidden areas.

Heat:
Heat increases the moisture-holding ability of the air. Use your central heating system or large portable heaters to heat the air. Small space heaters will have little effect. As wood gets drier it may be helpful to heat the house for a few hours then ventilate to exchange moist air with dry air.

Dehumidifiers:
A dehumidifier can be used if outside air is humid. Dehumidifiers function most efficiently at warm temperatures. At 80 degrees and 60 percent relative humidity, most dehumidifiers will remove approximately 1-2 pints of water per hour from the air.
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