Drying methods for water damage

After a water damage, it is important to dry again as soon as possible moistened rooms in order to avoid further damage, even to the building fabric. Which drying methods are used and which devices you can use for this, read in this article.

Easy drying

Simple drying can always take place where there are no cavities in the wall or ceiling that are affected by water damage. An insulated screed (insulation under the screed) is an exclusion reason for easy drying. In this case, a special screed drying (described below) must be carried out.

Used devices

Professional drying companies use simple device types for this purpose:

  • condenser
  • Condenser dryer with air cushion
  • Condenser dryer with blower
  • Adsorption dryers (can be designed with or without fan)

Drying the wall

If a wall is completely wet, it must be dried separately. This is especially true if this wall also contains cavities in which water or moisture may have penetrated.

The use of the drying method in this case also depends on the wall structure of the respective wall. Drywall must be examined in detail and examined. In these walls, mold can develop very quickly, in which case they must be removed.

Used devices

Also for surface drying on the wall condenser can be used with. Frequently, however, so-called dark radiators (functioning like a conventional infrared heater) are used deliberately. They result in particularly fast drying of wet and moistened wall surfaces.

Hollow walls are often (additionally) ventilated, with drywall walls one usually resorts to high-performance condenser dryers containing blowers or turbines.

Drying the ceiling

Similar to the wall you have to know as well as possible the structure of the ceiling, in order to carry out a professional drying. Especially older ceiling structures (beamed ceilings, bedding, suspended ceilings) or ceilings that are covered with plasterboard pose a problem.

All non-solid ceilings, and ceilings that may contain voids, must be carefully controlled in advance.

Used devices

For solid ceilings, one usually resorts to adsorption dryers or condenser dryers. In the case of existing cavities, ventilation must also be provided for the cavities. As with the walls, special high-performance adsorption dryers or condenser dryers with blower or turbine are used.

Drying the screed

Screed drying must always be carried out if there is an insulating layer under the screed which is moistened.

This requires a careful examination of the screed and the underlying insulating layer. If this has remained dry, screed drying can usually be dispensed with. With even low moisture but must be specially dried.

Used devices

Adsorption and condenser dryers with very powerful turbines are also used here. For all other devices, it is not sufficiently ensured that the dried air is actually conveyed to all areas.

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