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Storms include heavy rains, flooding, and devastation. If not performed the perfect way, your home can experience secondary damage.

How To Detect Hidden Moisture

Most Long Beach CA Water Damage Restoration Experts will tell you that moisture hidden in the floors or walls of your home can easily go un-noticed.

If left for too long, it can cause permanent damage or facilitate mold development. In order to detect hidden moisture, our Long Beach Water Damage Remediation technicians use a assortment of equipment and techniques, depending on the scenario.

For example, taking moisture readings in a home where materials such as hardwood flooring, plaster, or ceramic tiles are present can be hard. To combat this, our Long Beach Water Restoration technicians use a non-invasive meter.

Our Long Beach Water Damage Restoration experts also check for the presence of insulation or a vapor barrier behind these materials. If we guess that a vapor barrier or insulation is present, then we use more invasive choices to test for moisture.

During their analysis, our Long Beach Water Damage Remediation technicians keep in mind that:

Surface materials can get permanently damaged when penetrating moisture meters are used. As such, technicians use them only when they’re confident that the surface material is wet.

They primarily rely on non-penetrating moisture meters while searching for likely moisture issues.

Non-penetrating meters are usually able to read up to 3/4″ into any specific material. That’s why before using this sort of meter, our Long Beach Water Damage Remediation technicians make sure that there is not any chance that moisture has seeped into a deeper level than what the non-penetrating meter will be able to detect.

Creating A Dry Goal During Water Damage Cleanup

Our Long Beach Water Damage Restoration Experts also set up a dry goal at the beginning of the drying process. The dry goal is the target moisture level we want to reach, as per professional drying standards.

This drying standard is formulated by taking a meter reading of unaffected areas within the construction. If unaffected materials are not present, then the our Long Beach Water Damage Restoration Experts utilize historical knowledge to decide on a drying standard.

Proper Drying Of Gypsum Drywall

Gypsum drywall typically tends to dry out rather quickly since it has a high permeance factor that allows water vapor easily diffuse.

But if the wall is covered with ceramic tile, wallpaper, or another comparable material, the drying process will take a bit longer.

In this scenario, our Long Beach Water Damage Restoration experts drill inspection holes underneath the baseboard line so that air can be forced into the cavities to help speed up the drying process.