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Understanding the Moisture Content Goals After Commercial Water Damage to Your Fort Myers Restaurant

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Understanding the Moisture Content Goals After Commercial Water Damage to Your Fort Myers Restaurant Fort Myers Waterside Dining Stays Dry After Water Damage with the Help of SERVPRO

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Water damage to a restaurant can take a heavy toll on your business. Moreover, Fort Myers is a wonderful vacation destination.The restoration process can take time and can even close the doors of your establishment. One of the more prominent problems of water damage, however, is the residual moisture after such an event.
 
Water damage to your Fort Myers restaurant often results in an elevated moisture content that can cause secondary damage including mold and odor problems. Experienced SERVPRO technicians can help you take care of this residual moisture and minimize the loss of business.

The restoration process after commercial water damage often involves setting up moisture content goals for materials. It is done by establishing the dry standard and recording the normal Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC).

Dry Standard     
A dry standard is the moisture content of the dry material in an area of the establishment that is not affected by the water damage. The technicians take moisture content readings from these areas and establish the dry standard. The drying is deemed complete once the moisture content of the affected area is equal to the dry standard.
Moisture meters can be used to determine the moisture content while determining the dry standard as well as the moisture content after the restoration process. Of course, years of experience are also very beneficial in getting a sense of dryness and restoration of preloss conditions.

Normal EMC
It refers to the moisture content of the dry materials during everyday usage. These readings can be different for different rooms of your establishment. The normal EMC can also be used by the technicians instead of the dry standard to establish moisture content goals.
The term dry is relative and what is dry in one part of the world might not be dry in another. For instance, the EMC value of 5% in the wooden material can be considered as dry in arid climates while an EMC value of 13% might be considered dry in wetter climates, such as the Gulf Coast of Southern Florida.

Professionals use these values to establish moisture content goals to prevent your establishment from secondary damage.
Call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/ Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 today to speak with one of our experts regarding your restoration needs.

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