The Science of Drying

I know, the s-word makes me want to close the browser too… “science.” Maybe I should have entitled this “The Art of Drying” instead for those who struggled their way through grade school biology and chemistry. Fear not, readers! Label this article under the tiny mental filing cabinet labelled “Fun Science” and insert it in between Bill Nye and Mythbusters.

The knowledge of psychrometrics (“the field of engineering concerned with the determination of physical and thermodynamic properties of gas-vapor mixtures” — thanks Wikipedia) is essential to restoring a structure to its preloss condition. Where the average Do-It-Yourself homeowner (guilty) or business owner might be tempted to grab a few beach towels to mop up the mess and place a box fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals follow strict, industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

Just for starters, a trained restorer will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, preventing damage from happening because wet components were overlooked.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

So what exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because our environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material — but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is nature takes a long time, and secondary damages occur while the building is drying out.

For this reason, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help the drying process, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls (pictured botom-left) and much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment (pictured bottom-center) and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

There, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

Sandy Hayden


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