The Wintertime Challenges of Water Damage Restoration in Montana

by Allied / Friday, 09 December 2016 / Published in Water Damage

How do we handle water damage restoration in the winter here in Montana?

As you can likely imagine, drying out a building after a flood is more complex and time consuming in the winter than it is during the summer. This makes water damage restoration in Montana a unique challenge, as winters here are often long and cold. Time is a big factor in completing this job, but so is having the right equipment. If you have the unfortunate experience of needing restoration after a flood in winter, here is what you can expect:

• Longer drying time:

The typical drying time for carpet and drywall after a flood is three days during the summer. If the days are warm, there is frequently minimal equipment use, and workers merely supervise the process to be sure the area dries out completely. This changes when winter hits with lower temperatures and snow. There is a bigger struggle to get the needed indoor temperature to dry out the area. Exterior walls are 20 degrees cooler in winter, and when we are drying carpet and drywall, it will take twice as long. You will likely have workers at your home or business for a longer period of time if you suffer a winter disaster as opposed to a summer one. Consider this an exercise in thoroughness, and be patient!

• Need for drying equipment:

Interior heaters make all the difference when it comes to drying out buildings in winter. Most contractors add heat to maintain the best appropriate indoor temperature and assure that all moisture is removed from floors and walls. Your home heating system can create a 70-degree environment easily, but our heaters produce 100 degrees, and that dries the area three times quicker. Heaters may be used in summer, too, but they are not nearly as essential as they are during the winter.

• Getting the deep moisture:

This is the moisture that cannot be reached through warm ambient temperatures or conventional home heaters. If not addressed, it can cause big problems. Any moisture left behind in your walls or floorboards becomes a breeding ground for mold and other inhospitable growth. It can be nearly impossible to remove the deep moisture in winter unless we use industrial heating systems. The 100 degrees of heat is not just about quick drying, but also getting those layers of floor, carpet, wood and paint that could not be reached otherwise.

• Reduce microbe growth:

Removing moisture creates a safer space by discouraging mold and organism growth. Besides that essential function, the heat itself will also make the area hostile to these organisms. It is not unusual for people to discover an increase in radon or mold after a flood, and that is often due to a failure to dry properly and fight the corrosive elements before they become an issue for your home or office. That is why, when you suffer a winter flood, be sure to be grateful for the heaters!

Allied 24/7 Property Restoration is your source for water damage restoration in Montana. No matter the season, we come prepared to help your home or office recover from floods.

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