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Water Damage Dictionary!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Unless you’ve experienced water damage or work in the industry some of the jargon may be unfamiliar to you. Here is your introduction to water damage a la a water damage dictionary.

Water Damage Dictionary:

Air movers: – Air movers are used to move the air, these machines rotate/shift the air so the dehumidifiers can capture water vapor

Dehumidifier/dehumidification – Dehumidification is the process of removing water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers are the machines that extract the vapor

Drying goals: –The percentage or point a material needs to reach before it is determined to be dry.

Drying time: -The number of days it takes for all materials to reach their goal. Drying is not complete until all affected materials have been returned to their pre-determined drying goals.

Evaporation: – The process of changing water from a liquid to a vapor.

Humidity ratio: – The amount of water vapor that a volume of air contains by weight. Humidity

ratio is directly related to vapor pressure.

Moisture content: – The measurement of the amount of moisture contained in a material,

expressed as a percentage.

Moisture level: – The measurement of the amount of moisture contained in a material on a

relative scale.

Mold – A fungi, can be dangerous, grow as a result of moisture

Monitoring – Water projects should be monitored at least once every other day. Daily readings should

include all applicable air, equipment, and HVAC output readings.

Open drying system: – This method uses outside air to reduce the indoor humidity.

Permeance: – Permeance is the ability of water vapor to pass through a material.

Relative humidity: – Ratio of moisture in the air as a percentage of the total moisture-holding capacity.

Safety issues: – Things that can be potentially dangerous or harmful to our customers and employees.  

Sanitizer – A product designed to significantly reduce, however, not eliminate, microorganisms.

Sterilizer – An antimicrobial agent which is designed to kill all forms of viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

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