Moisture and Damage from Water Are Remedied by Expert SERVPRO Service
When a leak or moisture problem develops in a property, one of the first signs is a change in air quality. In fact, in the case of a concealed leak (behind a wall, for example), this can be the only giveaway that something is wrong. As some people are more sensitive to air quality than others, they may notice it fairly quickly.
Often, they experience a clamminess. It can make sleeping difficult. It happens when the relative humidity within a space is too high, usually as a result of on-going water damage in Mountain Home homes. While there’s no health risk, high humidity eats away at organic materials like wood and cotton and can be a conducive condition leading to mold proliferation.
This is why SERVPRO recommends an efficient program of drying and restoration as soon as water damage gets discovered.
What Is Relative Humidity?
Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air. If it rises above 60%, the ambient air starts to become uncomfortable. It is when you might get that cold sensation on your skin. While it is not dangerous, human beings are happiest with a humidity between 50-60%, so water damage repairs aim to bring it down to this level.
How is Relative Humidity Lowered?
The fastest and safest way to make this reduction is with dehumidifiers. They extract a controlled amount of water from the air until relative humidity reaches the desired percentage. The process usually forms the largest part of the restoration job, because dehumidification prevents secondary water damage. Of course, if there are large volumes of water present from a significant problem, then extraction of the standing water is crucial.
Can High Humidity Produce Odors?
A high relative humidity only produces unpleasant smells if mold has started to set in and materials are degrading. Wooden furniture, for example, is often the first to absorb moisture and rot away. You can prevent this by reporting water damage as soon as you spot it and getting the repair team in right away.
At SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, we approach every water damage case with a fresh eye. Our technicians inspect the building, before starting work, and determine the level of relative humidity first. That way, they can select the best methods for the job. Call us 24/7 at (866) 445-8457.