The Town of Exeter Named by the Reverend John Wheelwright in 1638
Our dedicated technicians at SERVPRO will restore every level of fire damage on your property "Like it never even happened."
Exeter Gets its Name from the Same Town in Devon, England
The town of Exeter has a long and varied past. Grist and lumber mills were established early in the life of the village in the 1600s. Many residents and settlers spent their days hunting and fishing, planting, and expanding farms. Some raised cattle and swine. At the same time, others made cedar shakes as well as barrel staves.
The town was named after a similar village in Devon, England, and founded by the Reverend John Wheelwright. At the time, there were approximately 35 families with a total of 175 souls who moved from the Boston area, with Wheelwright to establish Exeter with the freedom to follow their own religious beliefs. The initial years for the settlers were challenging. However, they persevered and became established in the area.
Exeter is located near the waterfalls where the Exeter River meets the tidal Squamscott River. The waterfalls provided power for a local grist mill and later a sawmill. Access to the tidal Squamscott offered easy access to neighboring towns and many locations further afield to trade goods. Travel by river was one of the significant transportation modes in those early days of life in the small village.
The area prospered and began trading with neighboring towns as well as across the ocean to Europe. They became successful shipbuilders, lumbermen, and statesmen. A member of the Gilman family, Nicholas Gilman, became one of the founding fathers. The families populated government positions in the general assembly and the judicial courts. The last Indian raid took place in 1725.
History buffs can visit the following museums and important locations to explore further Exeter's history, contributions to the local environment, the state of New Hampshire, and the United States:
American Independence Museum
Congregational Church in Exeter, founded 1638
Exeter Historical Society & Museum
Phillips Exeter Academy
Congregational Church in Exeter, founded 1638
The church in Exeter passed through several iterations before becoming the magnificent historical building it is today. In the 1600s, every town must have a church to receive a charter. The Reverend John Wheelwright established this church in Exeter in 1638. The current building dated back to 1798 and was seen as a call for American Independence. The church and its members played a pivotal part in the daily life of the town of Exeter.
Take A Walking Tour Around Exeter and Experience History
Walking tour pamphlets can be obtained from the Exeter Historical Guide. The guide explains the history of many of the buildings along Front and Water streets. Notable buildings along the way include:
Town Hall and courthouse – 1855
Simeon Folsom House
The Great Bridge – 1934
Eagle Steamer house
The Bandstand - 1915
Houses along Front street dating back to the 19th century and many more sites along the way
Annual Events and Festivities
Not only is Exeter rich in history, having been founded in 1638, there are many events taking place throughout the year, attracting many residents as well as tourists. Note: Visitors should check local schedules to confirm the status, given current social distancing requirements and local and state authorities' guidelines. A sampling of the events includes:
Festival of Trees and Holiday Open House
Exeter Holiday Parade and Christmas Eve Luminaries
Valentine Sweethearts Dance
Easter Town Egg Hunt
Memorial Day Parade
Summer Outdoor Movies
Brass band concerts at the Bandstand
Fall Festivals including the UFO Festival
Beer and Chilli Festival
The Bandstand is located in the center of town and is home to concerts during many summer nights. Listen, sing-along, or dance to various genres, including pop, country tunes, rock, and folk music. Many people bring blankets and snacks to enjoy their summer evenings listening to great music.
On labor day weekend, the Exeter Area Kiwanis Club hosts a UFO festival to celebrate "The Incident at Exeter," which occurred over 55 years ago. Norman Muscarello informed police of a UFO he saw hovering behind a barn. The sighting was later confirmed by local police, who also saw the UFO. The sighting garnered national attention as investigators tried to assess what Norman observed that night.
Speakers are invited to discuss the event and recent history regarding UFOs. Talks are presented at the Exeter Town Hall. Visitors can also purchase speaker's books on subjects associated with UFO's. There are trolley rides to the observation site and activities for the kids to enjoy.
The Exeter Holiday Parade usually takes place on the first Saturday of December. Residents can view the parade as it travels along Portsmouth Avenue. The town also features a Christmas Light Display enjoyed by everyone. The Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, is a fundraising event. Proceeds support the Chambers Children's Fund using a silent auction approach.
Smoke Alarms Can Reduce Fire Damage in Exeter Homes
Fires can be devastating. The damage from the fire, the odor of smoke everywhere, and the damage added by the firemen as they control the fire can be extensive. Early warning systems such as fire and smoke detectors can provide occupants with a chance to save their lives and enable the fire department to control the fire before the damage becomes extensive.
SERVPRO fire damage restoration teams have seen the difference in damage in homes with and without a smoke detector. Regardless of the degree of fire damage, our highly trained technicians can restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Once the fire department is left the scene, our technicians:
Assess the damage and plan the restoration project
Remove unrepairable materials
Remove odor-causing items
Clean and sanitize all hard surface items
Arrange to clean fabric materials
Install deodorizing equipment to remove odors from the entire home
Restoration involving repairs, painting, installing new flooring, and more
We have the training, the experience, and the equipment to return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of The Seacoast, Dover-Rochester, Durham, provides fire damage services to Portsmouth residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (603) 433-4300. We are available 24/7to help with all your fire damage needs.
Greenland, NH Residents – Don’t Miss November Craft Week
SERVPRO is looking forward to the November Craft Week!
Week’s Public Library in Greenland Presents November Craft Week Filled with Great Activities
The week of Thanksgiving, local Greenland residents can participate in a broad range of activities for November Craft Week. The Weeks Public Library is offering take-home packets with all of the items that you need to make cute fall-themed pom-pom animal crafts with the family. This is the perfect crafting project to enjoy with your family while staying home and social distancing. All of the animal craft packets with materials can be picked up at the library – simply contact the office via telephone or email in advance to schedule a pick-up time that works best for you.
- Dates: November 23rd through November 28th, 2020 (Note: the library will be closing at 2pm on November 25th and closed for Thanksgiving Day on the 26th)
- Time: Available during scheduled pick-up times
- Location: Pick-up at Weeks Public Library, 36 Post Road, Greenland, NH
Taking part in local activities and supporting our library is essential to us at SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham. When you run a business in the area, you may have an emergency that calls for help with flood damage. We have the services you need for your commercial space. Call us at (603) 433-4300 to have a crew deployed 24/7.
Annual Portsmouth Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibition
Holiday festivities are the best! SERVPRO enjoys seeing the community come together.
Exhibits in Portsmouth Run from Nov 20 – Dec 22
The gingerbread house contest has been running for the past 30 years providing exciting themes and fun for all ages. The theme this year is “historic buildings,” in gingerbread form. Contestants must use edible materials except for a sturdy base and lights. Hot glue cannot be used to bind pieces together. Historical buildings can include –
- Your own home
- One of your favorite downtown spots
- Unique architecture in the area
Gingerbread creations entered in the contest will be on display at various locations –
- Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center
- Downtown shops and
- In Restaurant Windows
The contest is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the creations of local bakers and contestants. Even if you do not enter the contest, why not build your own gingerbread house for the holidays.
SERVPRO of Seacoast, Dover-Rochester, and Durham provides mold removal and mitigation services to Portsmouth residential, business customers, and the surrounding area. Call (603) 433-4300. We are available 24/7 to help with all mold removal needs.
Is it Possible to Dry Soaking Materials in the Home?
SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a water catastrophe. Give us a call right away.
SERVPRO Flood Damage Restoration Technicians Use Scientific Process to Dry your Portsmouth Home after a Flooding Disaster.
What is the science behind drying a wet home?
Flooding in your Portsmouth home can quickly lead to full or partial submersion of your belongings and structure. While these traumatic events can wreck a property, professional water restoration technicians (WRT) can often leverage psychrometry to quickly dry out your home. Psychrometry is a science that relates to the balance of air, humidity, or temperature and how these elements affect materials in the house. Large quantities of water in an indoor environment can unbalance the natural psychrometry of your home. Using water restoration equipment, we can leverage this science to ensure your home dries quickly and that materials return to a preloss condition. Creating a dry indoor air through dehumidification can help draw water out of soaking materials and belongings.
How does water intrusion affect materials in the home?
There are two main ways that flood damage affects your Portsmouth home. The first is direct liquid contact, while the second can be from water vapor- or water in the air. Liquid moisture is most likely to cause damages to the floors and lower walls of your home. In some instances, such as natural disasters, the soil around wall joints can loosen, which could affect the structural integrity of your home. Water vapor can also cause harm to ceilings and wall cavities through transfusion and condensation. Drying a property with the minimum amount of losses involves pumping out liquid water, evaporating residual moisture, and controlling water vapors from evaporated moisture. Balancing these psychrometric elements is essential to assure an efficient and correct flood restoration.
How does temperature affect water vapor?
- Air can hold more water when it is hot and less water when it is cold. But using temperature can increase the relative humidity in the home.
- When the air becomes saturated with moisture, it can no longer take any more water vapor, slowing down the speed of evaporation for wet materials.
- The relative humidity is a percentage that tells technicians how saturated the air is with moisture in a flooded property and is read with a Thermo hygrometer.
Why is relative humidity important to drying times?
Drying wet materials or belongings in your home relies on evaporating moisture. When relative humidity reaches 100%, the indoor air can no longer absorb water, which, in turn, slows down the evaporation process. Increasing the temperature by deploying portable furnaces or heaters in the affected area can reduce the relative humidity and ensure more water evaporates. Temperatures of up to 90 degrees can contain over 200 grains of moisture per pound (GPP.) Most of our drying equipment utilizes temperature to increase the efficiency of drying your home. Air-movers and water extractors both employ a heating element. Simultaneously, technicians can also create smaller drying chambers to make sure air is as warm as possible and evaporate floodwaters from the property quickly. Our technicians regularly monitor humidity to make sure that drying your home is as efficient as possible.
What is the difference between relative and specific humidity?
- Relative humidity works out a ratio for how much moisture is in the air. However, these ratios are dependent on the temperature, which can vary.
- Specific humidity is a reading of the actual grains of moisture per pound written as GPP.
- Specific humidity is a useful measurement for how quickly the structure of materials in your home is drying and the effectiveness of dehumidification.
How does specific humidity relate to fast-drying?
When a flood occurs in your property, massive amounts of water begin to soak into materials and often penetrate below the surface level- especially for porous materials. Incomplete or partial drying of your home can lead to further issues such as microbial growth or long-term water damage. To dry a house completely, our technicians need to know the specific humidity. By taking regular measurements, we can understand the effectiveness of our drying strategy. In practice, SERVPRO technicians take readings from an indoor environment and the exhausts of our dehumidifiers. The readings from the exhausted air of a dehumidifier should be much lower than those in the indoor environment. We can use the readings to either deploy more or fewer dehumidifiers in the property and assure your home can return to its preloss condition as quickly as possible.
How do psychrometric readings allow technicians to predict drying times?
- Having two measurements allows technicians to use a psychrometric chart to determine all other measures.
- Using a chart, we can control the dew point and vapor pressure in a flooded property to allow mitigation of loss.
- Combining our measurements with material permeance can help us provide homeowners with accurate predictions on the drying time-frame.
Drying a flooded property is an exact science that can be practically applied to prevent further losses in your home. Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300.
What Should an Exeter Homeowner do to Control Floor Damage after a Fire in their Home?
Call us and let us work until your home looks “Like it never even happened.”
Exeter Homeowners who Need Specialized Cleaning Solutions can count on SERVPRO for Support.
A fire in an Exeter home can burn for a long time or just for a few minutes and still cause damage throughout the whole house. Many homeowners are genuinely surprised to see soot inside medicine cabinets and curtains of areas far from where the fire started. Only a professional restoration team can look at your needs and provide a comprehensive plan focusing on minimizing your loss.
To develop a plan for an Exeter home with fire damage, call SERVPRO for our expert opinion. Our technicians arrive at your home, keeping in mind safety precautions and aiming for a full restoration with minimal disruption.
Once we inspect the area, we may recommend offsite services to clean and store items that would otherwise suffer more damage if left in the home. As a homeowner, you shouldn’t worry about the process's details, as our team documents and explains each step for your benefit.
Can flooring be saved after a fire?
Many factors come into play when deciding whether to restore or discard flooring materials following a fire. First and foremost, the proximity to the fire’s origin can dictate the severity of the damage, and our SERVPRO team acts accordingly. If safety is questionable due to the flames, then it is better to remove the flooring altogether. In some cases, items such as wall-to-wall carpets may be removed due to firefighters' water and extinguishing substances. However, if we can cost-effectively clean the residue, we can do some of the following:
• Use a rotary floor machine to agitate the residue and remove it
• Apply cleaning solutions to carpets and use machinery to help it permeate each fiber
• Incorporate air movers to evaporate water from hardwood flooring
At SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham, we know that restoration is a unique process, and each home deserves a personalized plan. Call us at (603) 433-4300 and let us work until your home looks “Like it never even happened.”
Is Mold Removal in Exeter a DIY Project?
Removing mold from your property is a difficult task without help. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation and mitigation services for your property.
Homeowners Need Trained Mold Removal Companies for Proper Remediation – Call SERVPRO to Address Suspected Mold Growth in Your Exeter Home
Bacteria, microbes, mold, mildew – these are words that no business or property owner wants to hear. However, there could be one or more areas of your Exeter building that are beginning to show signs of colonization. Whether you had a hidden leak or the inability to regulate relative humidity inside your commercial property, you need skilled technicians on the job to handle remediation. SERVPRO wants you to know that we have all of the training, specialized equipment, and protective gear to take care of your project from start to finish.
What Should I Know About Mold?
As a business or industrial space, it is vital that you know some of the inside information that mold removal companies in Exeter already understand. When you feel as though you have a mold issue at your business, you should know the following:
- There might be relatively strong, musty odors telling you that mold is colonizing under carpets or behind walls.
- The onset of mold can become much worse in as little as 48 to 72 hours.
- When mold is present, it brings with it the potential for health effects.
Should you suspect a mold outbreak in your retail store, office, warehouse, or any other commercial location, it is crucial that you:
- Keep people out of the affected areas.
- Make sure that any fans or your HVAC system remain off.
- Contact SERVPRO to send out a mold remediation team as soon as possible.
- Never attempt to disturb or clean the mold on your own.
- Never spray anything on the mold spores or blow air over the surfaces, as this can cause spreading as the spores become airborne.
When you call SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham, you can count on our crew to be your number one choice of mold removal companies in the area. Call (603) 433-4300, and we can dispatch a remediation crew to your property with the latest tools and EPA-registered products to begin the job.
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Are Wet Properties Expensive to Repair in Exeter?
A wet home can continue to sustain damages after the source of moisture is contained.
Residents of Exeter Can See Expenses Spiral when Water Damage Strikes. SERVPRO is a Qualified Restoration Service that Can Mitigate Costs and Repair your Home.
Why do wet properties deteriorate?
Water problems can degrade over time, causing extensive harm to your Exeter home. When dry materials are exposed to moisture, it can affect their structural integrity and promote harmful microbial activity. The combination of water exposure and microbial growth can lead to long-term problems affecting building materials, drywall, and fabrics in the home. If you discover water intrusion, it is vital that you contact your insurer right away. The first three days of a water emergency are central to the overall cost of restoration. SERVPRO technicians can enter the property, assess potential damages, mitigate losses, and begin repairing your home. A standard water restoration from start to finish typically takes between two and five days to recover with professional help.
Is rising humidity harmful to a property?
One of the causes of water damage in your Exeter home may be rising humidity levels. When large bodies of water enter an enclosed environment, it begins to evaporate. Evaporation leads to higher levels of humidity within an indoor environment. When this humid air comes into contact with cold, dry surfaces, it condensates. This condensation effect can quickly lead to ceiling, wall cavity, or upper floor damage. The more moisture in the air- relative humidity- can slow down the evaporation process overall, leading to more water exposure and a more extended restoration project. SERVPRO technicians typically bring in humidity controls at the first opportunity to mitigate further losses in a wet property.
What effect does condensation have on the property?
- Damp spots which can quickly become hotbeds for microbial activity, including fungi, virus, or bacteria
- Inner wall cavity damage which can stagnate, causing unpleasant odors and cracking paintwork
- Damage to drywall, insulation, or paintwork which is often discernible through discoloration
How does water restoration begin?
The first question that a professional water restoration technician asks is what is wet. We usually start at the source of water intrusion, which is generally identifiable as a slow leak, faulty appliance, or cracks leading to rainwater intrusion. From here, our technicians can work outwards to understand the extent of water migration. Sometimes it is necessary to use advanced measuring equipment to understand the scope of water migration truly. These may include the use of thermal imaging cameras or boroscopes. If a technician suspects that migration has reached wall cavities, we may need to perform a demolition to expose the hole and assess its insulation. Wet materials like insulation or drywall are typically inexpensive to replace and can be reinstalled by a qualified SERVPRO technician.
What equipment can be used to fix water migration issues?
- Structural cavity drying equipment like Injectidry systems can help to dry a property without requiring demolition
- Drying mats cover a large surface area and are useful for drying floors made from vinyl, laminate, or masonry
- Adaptations to dehumidification or air-moving equipment to allow hot, dry air to circulate into the home's hidden recesses
How do technicians know when a property is dry?
The drying of a property is an exact science. SERVPRO technicians use thermal hygrometers to measure the humidity of the affected area. We can then compare that to unaffected rooms as well as outdoor air. The readings taken from an unchanged room become the dry goal. SERVPRO can then use air-movers and other drying equipment to match an unaffected area's dryness with the affected area. It is equally essential for technicians to monitor the effectiveness of a drying system. Different properties have different shapes and architectures, which can all affect drying. By returning daily to monitor drying outcomes, crew chiefs can adapt the drying set up in your home for maximum efficiency. Tailoring our approach this way helps to ensure that Exeter residents suffer minimum inconvenience following water restoration.
When is a water restoration project finished?
- When the dry goal of the affected area is met
- Once a SERVPRO technician conducts a walkthrough with you to explain outcomes and services
- After equipment is removed and any damaged materials are either cleaned, restored, or replaced
Can restoration services help with insurance?
Generally, a restoration crew chief works closely with an insurance adjuster. SERVPRO is a transparent, professional company that records any work carried out in a digital inventory. These works ensure that there is access to accounts in real-time. At the end of a service, our technicians can pass the details of restoration onto your insurance provider to complete a 'stress-free claim.
A wet home can continue to sustain damages after the source of moisture is contained. Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 now.
Is My Wood Flooring Ruined After a Flood?
SERVPRO Can Often Save Flood-Damaged Hardwood Flooring in Portsmouth with Our Advanced Equipment and Expertise
SERVPRO Restores Flooring in Portsmouth Properties
Floodwater impacts virtually everything in its path, and unfortunately, your Portsmouth home may be in the track of an oncoming flood. The added element of contamination makes the cleanup process more challenging because of the additional protocols relating to floodwater. After technicians remove the black water (level 3) with extraction equipment, it is time to examine your flooring to determine the level of damage. Our trained project manager or team leader scope the damage to your home before creating a complete restoration plan.
What Can SERVPRO Do to Save My Floors?
Technicians Use Equipment and Techniques to Dry Flooring
SERVPRO Uses specialized equipment after flood damage in your Portsmouth home. SERVPRO technicians focus on mitigating further damage, such as preventing buckling, cupping, or permanent warping of materials. Hardwood floors require a moisture stabilization rate of about 12% before technicians can refinish them. The level and flat surface of the planks may require light sanding. If the floors are over-dried, they can splinter and become permanently damaged, and under-dried can cause moisture to sit and foster mold growth and the wood to rot. An effective extraction method for wood flooring is through the use of drying mat systems.
How Does the Injectidry System Operate?
This system is one method of using specialized advanced equipment for water extraction.
- Injectidry or Dri-Eaz systems consist of a hardwood floor drying mat, which acts as a "tent" to create a closed area to increase the effectiveness of suction, and an extractor.
- A single mat or multiple connected mats lay on top of the flooring, connected to the truck-mounted or portable extractor with a vacuum hose for excess moisture removal.
- Technicians periodically check under the mats to physically wipe excess water and to ensure they extract the appropriate amount of water from the flooring and monitor the mats for moving them to optimize the extraction.
What Other Things Can We Do to Protect Your Floors from Further Damage?
- Manage humidity in your home through the use of dehumidifiers and air movers.
- Remove baseboards for adequate access to flooring.
- Properly ventilate the impacted area by drilling small holes in the baseboard area and using tubing with the injecti-dry system for either positive or negative airflow.
For assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Can All This Soot Be Removed After A Fire In My Home?
SERVPRO Provides Hampton Area Homes with Odor Control Post Fire-Damage with Devices Like this Hydroxyl Generator.
SERVPRO Technicians Are Soot Removal Experts in Hampton
If a fire breaks out in your Hampton home, SERVPRO technicians are ready to go. The longer the premises go without cleanup, the more you risk losing. We strive to restore as much as possible instead of merely replacing the structure or content.
Can Soot Get in My Ductwork?
You need to shut off your HVAC system as soon as possible. Do not wait for the professionals as airborne particulates can spread via the HVAC system to other areas in the home. Once a scope is done, and the fire restoration needed in your Hampton home is outlined, we can clean the ductwork. If necessary, we can apply sealants to the interior to prevent lingering odors.
Can You Get rid of Soot Smells?
Smoke residue and soot leave unpleasant odors that need appropriate mitigation. Unless they are taken care of properly, the smells linger. Our certified technicians understand how to determine the type of soot and the proper cleaning method. We do the following to remove odors:
- Use the appropriate cleaning products to match the soot on surface areas
- Use advanced deodorization methods and equipment
- Use sealants to lock in mild odors that are left after cleaning
The type of soot determines the actions needed. Our techs can employ several deodorization methods. Thermal fogging disperses particles that pair with the odors in the air. This action then neutralizes the smells. Ozone machines oxidize foul odors., but this is only used in extreme circumstances. Hydroxyl generators use UV lights to create hydroxyl molecules that change the makeup of the soot rendering them scentless.
Our technicians are available 24/7 to provide fire restoration to homes in our community. Our goal is to return your home to preloss condition and leave it, “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433 - 4300 for expert fire restoration service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster
How Important Is Moisture Management During Water Removal In Affected Exeter Homes?
Water damage in your Exeter home? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.
SERVPRO Technicians Have A Deep Understanding of The Drying Process, Thus Making It Easier To Manage Moisture.
A leaking roof, burst pipe, or any other kind of water intrusion can leave considerable amounts of water into your property. Whether the intrusion happens in a matter of minutes or over an extended period, you might end up with unending moisture problems. SERVPRO has IICRC certified Applied Structural Drying technicians that help Exeter homeowners manage lingering moisture issues.
Why is the moisture management aspect during water removal from Exeter properties challenging?
Although water mostly exists in the liquid state, it changes to other states such as vapor depending on the prevailing conditions or where it is contained. Removal of water in its liquid state is easier because it only requires extraction equipment, mops, or other simple resources. In its other states such as when it is absorbed into materials, advanced techniques are necessary to facilitate water removal in Exeter, including:
- Manipulating air movements
- Changing temperature levels
- Changing the state of water from vapor or humidity back to liquid water
Are there challenging situations when removing water in its liquid state?
Although mops or towels provide the fastest way to respond to a water spill, the limitations become obvious when you realize there is too much water in the affected area or when the intrusion reaches cavities such as when it penetrates below tiles or wooden floorboards. Our SERVPRO technicians help overcome such challenges by using state of the art extraction equipment such as drying mats or injecti-dry systems to help complete the removal without creating other problems.
How do factors such as temperature and air movements influence water removal?
Many people understand the need for heat to help dry wet contents or building materials in the affected property. However, most do not know precisely how the process goes because certainly, the heat does not burn off the moisture.
Heat influences the condition of the air surrounding the wet materials, and since air acts as a moisture container, it can help or impede the drying process. Increasing the heat levels allows the air to hold more vapor, and therefore moisture escapes from the wet materials to the air. For instance, at 70°F, the air might hold twice the level of moisture it can hold at 50°F, thus removing more moisture from the wet materials.
Our SERVPRO technicians take humidity and temperature readings in wet rooms using thermo-hygrometers to determine whether temperature changes are necessary to sustain drying at the right speed. We can increase the temperature levels in your house through different means, including:
- Using portable heaters to heat specific areas
- Exhausting warm air from dehumidifiers back into the wet rooms
- Using the HVAC system in the house to supply heat
Why is it necessary to manipulate air movements during drying?
Considering that moisture escapes from wet materials to the air, especially when temperatures rise, you might wonder why additional steps such as air movement changes are necessary. There are several reasons why you need more air movements to help dry your wet house.
- The range of safe temperature which cannot damage other items is finite.
- Moisture that escapes into the air can condense when temperatures drop.
- The air volume in a room may not be sufficient to absorb all moisture.
Since it is not practicable to raise the temperature indefinitely, the best alternative is to supply a steady stream of warm, dry air into the affected rooms to ensure all moisture is absorbed from wet materials. Our SERVPRO technicians help keep a constant supply of air by using air movers.
Even with enough air circulation and heat, drying can still take long if the air circulating through the property is saturated with high humidity levels. For instance, if the air blown by air movers circulates within the same room or originates from another wet section of the property, it is less likely to help boost the drying process. Even when you open windows, there is a high chance that the air from outside has high humidity. Our technicians resolve this problem by using dehumidifiers, which extract moisture from the air, ensuring the air movers circulate dry air only within the interior of the property.
What is necessary for effective dehumidification?
- A proper ratio of dehumidifiers and air movers
- Correct placement of air movers are dehumidifiers
- Sealing off the area to prevent interference from external conditions
Our technicians position air movers at an angle that does not blow directly into dehumidifiers. We also ensure that dehumidifiers direct hot air towards the intakes of air movers. We close all windows and doors leading outdoors from the wet rooms. We can also create drying chambers using plastic sheets if necessary, to segment the wet area into smaller sections for enhanced drying.
Proper moisture management helps prevent severe water damage to your property. Call SERVPRO of The Seacoast, SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester, and SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 433-4300 when you need assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.