How to Prevent Mold in Your Home
Lately there’s been a lot of talk about the dangers of mold and what we can do to prevent it. And while no emergency water removal company can guarantee that a home or a business will be mold-free in the future, there are steps a company MUST take to make sure that the entire building structure is dry.
Some carpet cleaning companies only remove water from the carpet. They don’t check the moisture content of the baseboards, walls and ceilings, which is a critical step to guard against future mold growth.
We protect our customers from this hidden problem by measuring the moisture content of all the water-damaged areas of the building, with three separate moisture meters.
The Three Meter Protection Method
The first meter is used to check for water in the carpet and pad. It has a moisture sensor that reacts when it locates moisture. This meter (pictured) is used by MOST full-service emergency water removal companies.
The second meter measures the moisture content of critical areas like ceilings, walls, baseboards and cabinets. This meter helps determine if any part of the building structure needs to be dried, besides the carpets.
It is the most effective device a company can use to insure against future mold growth and it is used by some, but not all, full-service emergency water removal companies.
The third meter is a thermal hydrometer and it measures the temperature and relative humidity (or moisture content) of the air. Our certified technicians use the thermal hydrometer during every stage of the drying process, to insure that our drying process is working and that our customers are protected.
Thermal Imaging Cameras Provide Added Protection
The last device we use to identify water damage is not a meter at all. It’s a thermal imaging camera, often called an infrared camera. It’s the absolute latest technology in our industry and it’s employed when we suspect there might be hidden water damage. The infrared camera lets our customers see for themselves the full extent of water penetration in their home or business.
Both the infrared camera and the thermal hydrometer are used by few if any other emergency water removal companies in our area. But these tools give Accutech the confidence to offer every customer written proof that the entire building structure and not just the carpet, is completely dry.