Much of our built environment involves the use of hydroscopic materials. These materials absorb water and the wetted nutrient is an ideal location for mold amplification. The aggressive approach of implementing structural drying concurrent with gross water extraction will eliminate the potential of microbial defacement of much of the wetted areas.
Structural drying utilizing desiccant dehumidifiers has the greatest opportunity to reduce the moisture level in the building envelope and preclude contamination of the hydroscopic material.
The grain depression provided by a self contained desiccant dehumidifier provides the maximum extraction of vapor from the air. Implementation of an aggressive drying endeavor is essential to eliminate the excessive cost of mold remediation and allows the structure to be saved.
JPC experts' assessment of structural drying will involve:
- Determining the adequacy of the drying devices.
- Determine the adequacy of the number of evaporation blowers and their placement.
- Determine the adequacy of the area of containment to optimize the drying period.
- Provide an infrared camera assessment of the wetted areas.
- Evaluate whether the water extraction drying activities are being undertaken in compliance with the standard -of-care consensus documents.
- Verify that the structure is dry to pre-loss condition.