Short Answer: As much as you’d like to know!
Long Answer: It’s easier to make an informed decision when you have knowledge at your disposal, and IRS is here to help make that possible.
The mitigation process should begin as soon as it is safe to do so. Depending on the level of damage, and/or contamination, this process should begin at the earliest possible time. The longer that it takes to begin this process, the more chances that are available for hidden damage to occur, such as water wicking up into cabinets from the base, and water finding its’ way below hardwood and other types of flooring. Not addressing problems like this immediately can lead to microbial growth and mold problems in the future.
Air movers and box fans are not equivalent. Other than the superficial similarities and somewhat similar function, air movers and box fans are meant for 2 entirely different applications. Trying to dry out a major water loss using low-powered box fans is a lot like trying to cut a steak with a spoon: Sure, it *might* get results, but at the end of the day, what you really need is the right tool for the job, and air movers are the correct tool for the job that we do.
Air mover placement is important to the drying process. What some people might be surprised to hear is that there is a science behind the processes we use during a dry out. Placing air movers involves assessing the space, determining how to best place the equipment for maximum air flow, and repeating the process for all other areas affected. The number of air movers and dehumidifiers are also affected by the moisture content of the affected areas. When placed in an effective configuration, air movers will ideally create a cyclone effect, which hastens the drying process by drawing moisture out of materials faster, and into the air, allowing the dehumidifiers to collect this moisture from the air.
We stress the importance of monitoring every day. Even though it may seem redundant, ongoing inspection and monitoring of the equipment is how we determine the efficacy of the process. By reading these moisture and humidity levels daily, we can say with certainty that your home is being dried out correctly, rather than making guesses based on how something feels, or via other subjective methods.
While this is hardly the entire process, this is what we feel is the most important information for you as a homeowner to understand regarding the general drying process, regardless of who you choose to help you recover your home. But, when you choose IRS, you already know you’re in capable hands.