The National Institute of Restoration


Heavy-duty drying

A technique for heavy-duty drying of flooded buildings
Insurance restoration contractors know the perils of water damage and the difficulty of drying structures following a flood. A new technique developed by a national drying company has helped Californians recover more quickly from springtime flooding.

According to the Insurance Advocate, Munters Moisture Control Services has developed a high volume desiccant dehumidifier that produces air so dry that it can pull out about 400 gallons of moisture each day from interior substances that have been soaked. The technique preserves the structural integrity of buildings while greatly reducing restoration costs.

The new technique has some major advantages according to Munters spokesman Roland Reesby. It's fast, reducing the deterioration of buildings caused by excess moisture. It also reduces the amount of time occupants or businesses are displaced. "Just the expense of moving a business for the reconstruction period can cost more than the drying," Reesby said.

The process works best if there is no structural damage. If structural damage is minor, speed drying can stabilize materials and eliminate problems with mold and mildew.

Munters has developed another technique to protect undamaged articles in flooded areas. Articles such as books, photographs and electronic equipment that can be damaged by absorbing moisture are protected by surrounding them with very dry air. Reesby said the company has used the technique to preserve inventories until buildings could be returned to normal.