How Do You Know When Everything Is Dry?
After you’ve had a flood in your home, your first question during the restoration process may be, “How will I know when everything is completely dry?” You may even be wondering if everything in your home ever will be completely dry again.
One of the easiest ways to be sure that everything will be dry is to hire professionals, such as our SERVPRO professionals, to handle the restoration process for you. At SERVPRO, our technicians have professional equipment that can help us to know when your property is dry:
- Moisture Sensors: detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
- Moisture Meters: determine the moisture content of various materials.
- Thermohygrometers: measure both temperature and relative humidity, allowing SERVPRO professionals to calculate humidity, dew point, and vapor pressure in your property.
In general, it can take several weeks to completely dry out a house and its contents. If you have the ability to set your belongings outside to dry, it’s usually best to do so. Fabric items such as clothes, towels, or bedding can typically dry within 24 hours if left outside, as long as the weather permits. Remember to avoid placing items in direct sunlight if you use this method. As for larger items, such as mattresses or furniture, it could take up to a week to dry them outside, so we recommend hiring a team of professionals to ensure that your possessions are dried quickly enough to avoid mold growth.