Now let’s discuss Water Classification: It is important to know the type of water class you are dealing with as this will determine the amount and type of equipment required to remove excessive moisture in order to properly dry the chamber and affected materials.
If 5-35% of the area is affected, regardless of the category, you have a class 1 water loss. If more than 35 but less than 50%of the area is affected you have a class 2 water loss. If more than 45% of the area is affected you have a class 3 water loss. If chemicals, electric or other contaminants are present, you have a class 4 or special circumstances water loss, you should call a professional and not attempt to do this job.
For category 1&2 water loss:
- extract as much water as possible from the floors and absorbent materials such as carpet and pad
- remove laminated and sheet vinyl floors if present
- clean affected area and apply an antimicrobial agent
If the loss is a category 2, place 1 air mover in each affected room then add one more for every 50-70 square feet of affected floor. Then add one air mover for every 100-150 sf of ceiling and walls above 2′ from the floor. Add 1 large dehumidifier 80 pints AHAM for every 1000 sf of affected area and place the dehumidifier drain hose in a drain outlet.
Air movers provide rapid air movement across wet surfaces while dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air of the affected rooms. Run all equipment 24/7 until the targeted moisture level for each material is reached.
Please note: Daily moisture readings and monitoring of the equipment must be done each day the equipment is on site.