Equipment Upkeep

In the mold remediation and water damage restoration business, there’s many pieces of equipment that are vital to completing a job.  Mold Remediation will use equipment like Air Machines, (Scrubbers and Negative Air), HEPA vacuums, Fog machines etc.  While Water Damage Restoration will use equipment such as Turbo Fans, Axial Fans, Dehumidifiers and more.  So why is this important for a home owner to know?  Because without the proper upkeep of this equipment, your home or business could be subject to cross contamination, improper removal of mold, and structures that aren’t dried correctly.  Many companies new and old alike, will buy used equipment from large franchise outfits that have already used them for several thousand hours.  One location will purchase the equipment, and then sell it to a newer franchise and so on, before it’s finally dumped back into the market, where smaller companies purchase them for pennies on the dollar.  These machines have been used for several years and can log up to thirty thousand hours of use or more, and now are being brought to your home.  Is this always a bad thing?  Not necessarily.  But the chance that these pieces of equipment have been maintained properly throughout the years is very minimal.  Which brings us to another point.

Many companies even with newer equipment, do not maintain them properly.  It is completely fine for a home or business owner to inspect the equipment being used.  For air machines, new filters should be visible for each job.  Contractors who arrive to a job with dirty filters are already risking cross contamination by just introducing that machine into the home even before turning it on.  All equipment should be clean and free from dirt or soot, while fans and dehumidifiers should also be pushing out the appropriate amount of air.  When fans are nearing the end of their life cycle, they’ll tend to make a lot of noise, push out a minimal amount of air and drain your electric.  You can always get a hint of the caliber of contractor you’ve hired from the type of equipment being used and how well it’s maintained.  If they can’t maintain their own equipment, how could they do a good job in your home? 

Water Damage Restoration Equipment

When a home incurs a water loss and the structure needs to be dried, there are several pieces of equipment you may see in your home.  Depending on the type of loss and it’s severity does depend on what will be used.  Here’s a short list of some of the most common pieces of equipment used in water damage restoration.

Centrifugal Air Movers – Centrifugal air movers, sometimes referred to as “snail shells” or turbo dryers, produce powerful, focused air movement. They can be used to speed-dry floors or even to “float” wet carpet during flood water restoration jobs.

Axial Fans – Axial air movers are designed for moving high volumes of air across large spaces and produce a lot of airflow. From enhancing evaporation during structural drying jobs to providing air circulation and ventilation to cool your work area, axial fans are suitable for use on jobs big and small, indoor or outside.

Dehumidifiers – These units are designed to remove moisture from the air and cavities while lowering relative humidity which can cause mold growth.

Air Scrubbers/Negative Air – Air scrubbers will clean the air inside an envelope by filtering the air through several HEPA filtered chambers, while negative air machines will take in air and release to the exterior with the aid of ducting.

Water Extractors – These units can be on wheels on mounted inside trucks.  They are specifically designed to remove water from any surface that has been damaged which helps the drying process dramatically.

Moisture Meters – These are handheld devices that can look for additional unforeseen water or to check that surfaces are dry.  These tools are vital in assuring that the drying process is being performed correctly, looking for water under flooring or in cavities and regulating relative humidity.

Cavity & Floors Drying Packages -F rom specially designed panels for drying hardwood floors to complete packages for ceilings, cabinets, and wall cavities, drying packages aren’t used often but needed for proper water restoration.