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Drying Out Moisture in Structural Cavities of Claymont Homes

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

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We Have Special Techniques for Promoting Faster Drying of Damaged Materials in Claymont Properties. 

From leaks that spread moisture and water throughout structural cavities to water damage events on the second floor that move through wall assemblies below, drying and managing moisture concerns is a top priority. We have less-invasive options for draining outstanding water and helping to promote a fast and thorough drying of the affected materials. This process begins with the identification of trapped moisture in wall assemblies. 

Tracking Moisture Damage in Claymont

The entire structural cavity might not be affected by migrating moisture and water damage. We use sophisticated tools and equipment to track the movement of water beyond surface materials and in the environment with:  

  • Thermal imagery
  • Surface moisture meters
  • Probing moisture detection
  • Hygrometers

Drilling Weep Holes Behind Baseboards

Baseboards will be removed and set aside if they can be reinstalled. To remove a small amount of standing water in the structural cavity, weep holes are drilled in the newly exposed areas of the surface material. These openings can also promote air circulation to this damp area of the property to help dry the building materials affected. 

Positive Pressure Systems

With weep holes drilled and some of the pooling in the structural cavities resolved, we can work on infusing this space with dry, warm air to promote the evaporation of the damp pockets. Positive pressure systems are stationary units moved into the workspace that has several outlet hoses placed into the drilled holes behind the removed baseboard. The machine pushes warm air into the wall assembly through these tubes when the device is running. 

The fast action of this type can often be enough to prevent the need for tear-out and reconstruction of the wall or ceiling systems. Our SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington team has experienced and continued training to provide the most efficient solutions to drying damaged structural elements after a disaster. Give us a call at (302) 762-8080.

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