Clearing Water Damage in the Winter Can Be Difficult
While floods are most common in the spring and summer months, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about them at all in the winter. With the amount of snow we can get here in Montana, one premature melt could mean flooding issues for homes across the state. However, because of the colder weather, drying out a building after a flood affected it is far more difficult than it would be during the summer.
While clearing water damage in Montana after a wintertime flood can certainly be challenging, it is not impossible if you have the right equipment and the know-how to get the job done. Here are a few things you can expect from the process:
• It’ll take more time: During the summer months, it usually only takes a few days for the carpet and drywall in a building to completely dry out after a flood. Because the weather is warmer and you are able to more easily ventilate the area, the water is able to evaporate much more quickly. With lower temperatures, however, it’s much harder to get the temperature inside to a quick drying level. The exterior walls of your building could be a couple dozen degrees cooler, which will have a drastic effect on the temperature of your drywall and flooring. Additionally, it’s not as easy to clear people out of their home or business during the winter months. Therefore, you need a lot more patience when dealing with flood damage during the winter; unfortunately, it’s a job that just cannot be rushed if you want it to be done correctly.
• Getting deep moisture is a challenge: Any moisture that cannot be removed with the use of warm ambient temperatures or conventional heaters can prove more troublesome during winter months. The last thing you want is to leave moisture in your walls or floorboards, as this could make it easy for mold to form. You will almost certainly have to use industrial heating systems to get this moisture out. Not only does this help surface moisture to dry quicker, but it also helps you to hit deeper layers of wood, carpet and flooring.
• You’ll need to use more equipment: We already talked about the use of industrial heaters to make sure you’re getting at the deep moisture. You’ll need to use more equipment in general in the winter months simply because of the temperature challenges; nature isn’t going to be doing much of the work for you. There’s only so much you’ll be able to do with your own thermostat and furnace.
• You’ll need to focus on killing off microbes: Killing off mold and mildew before they become problematic can help you to avoid the spread of spores (which can cause respiratory problems) as well as the softening and rotting of your wood and other structural elements in your building. Many of the heaters used in water damage repair have the added benefit of killing mold that is starting to form in your water-damaged areas.
For more information about clearing water damage in Montana, contact us at Allied 24/7 Property Restoration today.