Drying Out Your Home after a Flood

A flooded home

 

There are fewer things as upsetting as a flooded home. Floods can happen for a variety of reasons, rising water levels, a burst embankment or a burst pipe. At Dehumidifiersuk we are the dehumidifier experts and we have the UK’s largest selection of robust, heavy-duty flood drying dehumidifiers available online.

One of the first challenges is searching for the appropriate flood drying dehumidifier that is fit for purpose.

 

Step 1. Evaluate how damp your home is

 

After the initial clear up following a flood you then need to decide whether you require a domestic or commercial dehumidifier to dry up the excess moisture.

If the ground floor of your home has been submerged for any period of time by a flooded river for example, then a heavy duty flood drying dehumidifier like the BROLIN BR40C DAMP BUSTER would be a suitable choice. Powerful commercial Compressor dehumidifiers offer high extraction performance and can cope with lower temperature environments. Under these circumstances a domestic dehumidifier will not be powerful enough to do a good enough job.

If the flood has been caused by a burst pipe or a leaking bath then in all likelihood you’re still going to be living in the house. This is important because it means that the temperature of the home is going to stay relatively high. Compressor dehumidifiers perform best under warmer temperatures, so higher temperatures coupled with less flooding means that a very powerful 20L domestic compressor dehumidifier like the BROLIN BR20C or a Meaco 20L Low Energy. We’d recommend a refrigerant compressor dehumidifier rather than a powerful desiccant dehumidifier in this instance is because they tend to handle continuous running better.

 

Step 2. Establish the temperature of your home

 

When it comes to dehumidification, temperature is very important as it is used to establish how efficiently a dehumidifier will work to extract the excess moisture left over from a flood. Any compressor dehumidifier operating in conditions below 5°C is unlikely to extract excess moisture efficiently.

Simply put - the lower the temperature, the lower the extraction. This means that the lower the temperature, the more powerful a dehumidifier you’re going to need to deliver effective results. As part of the dehumidification process, all dehumidifiers will produce a certain amount of heating, particularly larger commercial and industrial units, to maintain a higher ambient temperature we advise you insulating your home as much as possible.

The warmer the air the greater impact your dehumidifier will have at extracting any excess moisture so we recommend heating the space to generate and maintain a higher extraction rate. We also advise that this should be monitored as the higher than usual temperatures may encourage extra mould growth.

 

Step 3. Creating the right kind of draught

 

The rate at which a dehumidifier works can be greatly affected by any adjustment in temperature such or a poorly draught insulated home or even an open window. This occurs due to more humid air from outside leaking into the home and undoing all of the dehumidifier's hard work.

Correctly insulating your home from draughts should be balanced against preventing the air from becoming stale, however placing a dehumidifier next to an open window is a waste of energy and not something we would advise.

It should be noted that when it comes to dehumidifiers not all draughts are considered bad. A powerful industrial fan can be cost effective to run and can increase the efficiency and rate a dehumidifier extracts excess moisture from your home. An industrial fan encourages air circulation and greater evaporation improving the overall efficiency of a running dehumidifier.

 

Conclusion – Choosing the right flood dehumidifier

 

Depending on the severity of the flood which your home has suffered and the temperature of the flooded space will greatly influence the dehumidifier which you purchase. Severe flooding and low, cold temperatures will require a heavy duty industrial dehumidifier, but for smaller-scale leaks and burst pipes in warmer homes a powerful domestic compressor dehumidifier such as the BROLIN BR20C or Meaco 20L Low Energy may be sufficient enough to tackle the problem.

Ultimately, the correct heating, insulation, draught-proofing and air circulation will all be critical to drying out the flooded space as quickly as possible, while keeping any mould growth to a minimum.

 

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