Having high humidity at the start of a water restoration job is, of course, normal. You can’t have a lot of water without the humidity. So you extract all the water you can while cranking up your dehumidifiers and air movers. Soon your humidity levels begin to drop, right? But what if they don’t? Do you add more dehu’s? That might help, but if you have an abnormal number of dehus on the job trying to knock the humidity level down, then there’s probably something else going on you’re not aware of.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes once said, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
Mitigating Factors Contributing to Your Sauna-like Conditions
• Sticky fingers – is your customer shutting off your equipment while you’re gone? Keep a close eye on those hour meters.
• Sucky sucking – did your techs do a good enough job removing water? Do a spot check with an extractor and see if you’re still able to suck up any water.
• Secret source – is water seeping in from another source that you’re not aware of? Or is there another area that was also damaged that you may have missed in your original walk-through?
• Steamy seepage – if it’s very humid outside, have you made sure that sticky air is blocked from entering the structure?
• Shoddy service – are your dehumidifiers working at peak performance? Have they been maintained, the coils cleaned, the filters cleaned or replaced, etc?
Yep, It’s Always Something…
And the problem is always found the last place you look, which is silly to say since once you find the problem, you don’t keep looking. But in these situations, you could be experiencing a double whammy. It’s best to check all the possibilities off the list so that whatever remains, however improbable, is the truth.