How do I prepare for drying the building?
Remove any standing water
First, any standing or pooled water must be removed by mopping up manually as well as using vacuums and pumps.
Strip back any potential vapour barriers
Where moisture is trapped behind impervious materials such as laminate flooring, tiles, wallpaper and heavy paints, these can act as a vapour barrier to slow down drying and potentially carry the risk of mould growth.
Close The Environment
Once the drying equipment is in situ, doors and windows will need to be closed in order to as far as possible create a closed air environment.
Dehumidifiers will strip moisture out of the air, while fans are used to circulate dry air and displace saturated air back towards the dehumidifiers. Heaters can be used to further increase the evaporation rate as warmer air can hold more moisture.