Chapter 8: Restoration Equipment and Supplies for Fire Damage Remediation: How Professionals Use the Right Equipment for Recovery
The success of a restoration job depends largely on using the right equipment properly to get the job done. Professionals helping homeowners navigate this stressful time need the right water damage restoration equipment and fire damage cleaning supplies to restore everything.
The goal of the job is to clean everything and return it to just how it was before the fire. That means there shouldn’t be any lingering damage, odors or stains in the home or on any materials.
Use Industrial Dehumidifiers to Deal With Water Damage
Industrial dehumidifiers are going to be a very useful tool in restoring your property. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, which means the air can hold more moisture — which means more moisture can evaporate from damp objects and materials and eventually dry them out.
Professionals often use dehumidifiers from Aer Industries, as we have a variety of industrial dehumidifiers, including major brands such as BlueDri™ and B-Air® in two types: conventional refrigerant dehumidifier and low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers (LGR).
A conventional refrigerant commercial dehumidifier condenses water to remove it from the air. Most of the water is evaporated, while the remaining goes out through the machine’s exhaust. The conventional refrigerant industrial dehumidifier can get water levels to about 55 grains per pound (GPP).
Aer Industries is a leading dehumidifier supplier, and we have several conventional dehumidifiers for sale. Professionals often use these dehumidifiers for jobs that don’t have a lot of water to clean up.
When a conventional refrigerant dehumidifier does not quite get the job done, a restoration professional should use a low grain refrigerant dehumidifier instead. LGR dehumidifiers are heavy-duty units that can remove water to below 55 grains per pound (GPP).
Aer Industries has three models of LGR dehumidifiers:
LGR dehumidifiers are useful in situations where there is a lot of water to remove or in hot, humid conditions. Using LGR dehumidifiers in combination with air movers and air scrubbers will complete the job effectively and efficiently.
When determining how to use and place dehumidifiers in the restoration site, professionals should choose equipment based on the size of the room. Dehumidifiers work best when they are placed in the center of the room. If multiple dehumidifiers are being used at a time, they should face away from each other so they can dry separate areas.
Keep in mind that while initial placement is very important, it may not be permanent. The professionals will likely have to move the equipment around as the area dries.
If you’re a restoration professional and you have any questions regarding dehumidifier placement on your next restoration project, Aer Industries is available to help.
Use HEPA Air Scrubbers to Clean the Air
Air scrubbers deodorize and clean the air, which is very important for fire damage remediation after a wildfire has occurred. The air scrubber brings in the air and passes it through several filters to remove any contaminants and particulates. Aer Industries offers restoration professionals a varied selection of air scrubbers, including the B-Air® Raptor 650 HEPA Air Scrubber.
An air scrubber like the B-Air® Raptor 650 HEPA uses HEPA filtration because it is the best system to ensure healthy air quality. HEPA filters grab solid particles and contaminants from the air and do not release these back into the air after the filtration process. Many home appliances — like vacuum cleaners — are even equipped with HEPA filters to ensure interior air quality.
Air scrubbers should be placed in the center of the room. If it’s a larger room, more than one scrubber should be used instead of just one large scrubber. This way, there aren’t any air pockets left unfiltered. The best way to use an air scrubber is to pair it with an air mover that will push air into the scrubber and ensure the entire room gets properly cleaned.
Use Air Movers to Help Ventilation and Drying
Commercial air movers are helpful for drying and promoting evaporation when performing a water restoration job. They are also useful for removing fumes from an area and offering extra ventilation.
There are three types of air movers: axial, centrifugal and compact. Axial movers are designed to move air over a wide space, while centrifugal movers provide more direct airflow. Compact movers can cover both large and small areas and spots. Aer Industries offers restoration professionals all three types of air movers from brands like B-Air®, BlueDri™, and Soleaire®.
Air movers should be placed so there is steady airflow over wet surfaces. They are also useful when placed around the room, about six inches from any structures or walls. Lower wall space is the most difficult to dry, so make sure your professional has enough equipment pointing in the right direction to get the job done.