Arxell’s guide on how to dry a floor most efficiently
Drying a floor that has been flooded or affected by water damage can be a lengthy process. It can also cause inconvenience as it may involve sealing a room completely which means occupants having to relocate.
For any business or home that has suffered flooding or water damage, it can be costly to relocate. This cost falls either to the resident or business owner or to the insurance company. The faster a floor can be dried out the better for whoever is incurring cost and for whoever has been displaced.
Although it is possible for a floor to dry out naturally this is not very effective. Fortunately, there is equipment available that will speed up the drying process.
Whether the floor has been affected by flooding, burst pipes, spillages or some other water damage you’ll want to get it dried as quickly as possible. So what is the most efficient way to dry a floor?
Remove the water
The first step in drying a floor is to remove as much excess water as possible. This may involve pumping it out using specialist equipment depending on how deep it is. Once you have pumped the water out you can soak up further water by using sponges, mops and various other methods.
As soon as you have removed as much water as possible from the surface you will need to dry the floor out.
If possible, any floor coverings such as rugs, mats and carpet should be removed in order speed up the drying.
It may be possible to dry out carpet and reuse it if the water damage is not too severe. If the flood water is contaminated then the carpet will need to be professionally cleaned before being reused. It may be easier, and possibly cheaper, to simply replace it.
If you are unsure if flood water is contaminated then have the carpet disinfected anyway, as any spores left behind from the water could be harmful to your health.
It is important to ensure that the floor is completely dried out before laying any new carpet or flooring. If there is still damp in the floor this may cause carpet to become raised or cause flooring to warp.
There is also a risk of mould or mildew forming if the floor is not completely dried out. This can cause respiratory problems if left untreated as well as potentially causing long term damage to your structure.
Warm air holds more moisture than cold air, so heating a wet surface will cause it to dry faster.
Using heat drying to dry a floor can be tricky. Hot air rises so using a heater may involve having to heat an entire room before it starts to dry out a floor. This can take a long time and is not the most efficient use of energy.
Also, once the warm air starts to cool the water vapour will condensate and turn back to liquid. If the warm air has nowhere to escape then the condensation will drop down and return back to the wet floor.
Using a fan will help circulate hot air around a room. Ensuring that the room is well ventilated will allow moist air to escape. Alternatively you can use a heater in conjunction with a dehumidifier which will collect the moisture from the air and replace it with dry air.
It is recommended that you move the equipment around the room at regular intervals as the heaters will dry the area closest to them first. This can result in the furthest away areas not getting dried.
Dehumidifiers work by removing moisture from the air and replacing it with dry air. Used in conjunction with fans and heaters they can speed up drying out a floor.
The problem with using a dehumidifier to dry out a floor is that it will collect moisture from the entire room not just the wet surface. This means that the process will take longer. It also means the room has to be sealed in order to ensure that extra moisture is not introduced.
Problems with traditional methods
The problem with traditional drying equipment is that the drying air is not focussed on the wet area. Although using this equipment will dry an area faster than leaving it to dry naturally, it still takes a long time.
When drying out a floor using these methods you usually have to seal the room which means that the area cannot be worked in. This can be very inconvenient especially for businesses. There may also be a cost involved in removing and storing any furniture or equipment whilst the floor in the room is being dried.
How does Arxell speed up drying a floor?
Arxell works with existing heat drying and dehumidifying equipment to enhance efficiency and speed up the drying of wet areas such as floors.
The Arxell units are connected together to cover the wet surface. You can use as many as necessary to cover the entire area. Fans, heaters and dehumidifiers are then connected to the units and the drying air is distributed evenly across the floor.
Because the units create a microclimate above the floor the drying is targeted. This means that the entire room does not need to be heated or dehumidified in order to dry the floor. This speeds up the drying process substantially. In fact, tests have proven that using the Arxell system will dry a floor up to three times faster than using traditional methods alone.
Arxell is much more energy efficient than using other drying methods alone, so it is better for the environment and saves on cost.
The Arxell units are also extremely hard wearing so they can be walked on during the drying process. The drying takes place below the units so the rest of the room is not affected. You can put furniture on top of the units and continue working while the floor dries below. This causes less disruption to businesses than having to relocate whilst the floor dries or having to pay to remove and store furniture.
It also means that if repairs need to take place on other areas of the room the contractors can carry these out without having to wait for the floor to dry.
Want to know more about Arxell?
Arxell is a very simple but effective drying system. It has been designed to work with existing drying equipment rather than replace it and is extremely efficient. There are many benefits to using the Arxell system to dry floors and other surfaces.
It’s not only accidental water damage that Arxell works with. It can also be used to dry out building materials such as plaster, concrete and screed. The temperature and humidity can be controlled which can be very beneficial in the construction industry.
The units are very hardwearing and durable so they can be used over and over again with minimal servicing. They are easy to stack, pack and transport and are designed to be simple to use.
If you would like to find out more about how Arxell is revolutionising the drying industry or would like a demonstration, then get in touch.