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How Long Should I Run A Dehumidifier After A Water Leak?
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How Long Should I Run A Dehumidifier After A Water Leak?
April 28,2020

How Long Should I Run A Dehumidifier After A Water Leak?

If you have recently experienced a water leak or water damage, we want to first express our sympathy. It is a stressful and challenging time, but with the right steps and some patience, you will be back to your regular schedule in no time. This means you will have a lot of mopping and water pumping to do. If you have the means, we recommend hiring professionals like those at Tidal Wave Response to take care of these steps as they have the experience, equipment, and expertise to complete it efficiently and quickly.

After all of the heavy work is complete, you will still have to consider the moisture in the air. For this, we advise renting a commercial humidifier. The question then becomes “How long should I run the dehumidifier?” Well, that depends.

The Importance of a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are devices that remove excess moisture in the air by taking in the humid air and emitting dry air back into the room. This helps to remove the remaining water from your carpets, walls, and furniture to finish up the water removal process. As you know, water is a source of life and still water is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew. So, dehumidifiers essentially save you from such potential health hazards and stench.

How Long to Run the Dehumidifier

Like most things in life, this depends. Some of the factors involved are:

  • Area Size: Surely, a small corner of a small room will be dried up more quickly than a large living that has been soaked. If you have multiple rooms that need to be dried, then we recommend renting one dehumidifier for each room. Generally, a large room will take about two days to handle.
  • Material in The Room: What are your walls and floors made of? Concrete, linoleum, and other less absorbent materials will take in less water than wood, drywall, and carpeting. Therefore, the latter materials will require you to run the dehumidifier longer.
  • Closed System vs Open System: Are you keeping the windows and doors open while the dehumidifier is running? An open system will force the dehumidifier to work overtime especially if you live in a humid environment. Closing your doors and windows in such areas can reduce the total runtime required.
  • Environment: Is your local climate generally humid? Naturally, this is going to add extra humidity into your room, especially if you have windows and doors open or if there are openings.

Consult with The Professionals

The professionals at Tidal Wave Response have been in the business of water damage restoration for years. They have the expertise and equipment to handle water damage efficiently and quickly. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call our local office to speak with an expert. If you need expert assistance, we can have a professional at your location in as soon as 30 minutes. We look forward to taking your call.