Why do we place drying equipment?
This local college suffered from a water loss after a pipe break over the weekend. The water had affected the 12th floor down to the 1st floor. We have been asked before why we have to add drying equipment to flooring and walls, wondering why the water can’t just evaporate on its own.
Secondary damage is the reason for needing drying equipment. Damage that happens after the initial damage is considered secondary, i.e., mold growth. The evaporation process of water is too slow and mold too quick to grow.
Adding air movement and dehumidification quickens the evaporation of the left-over water. Without the water, the mold will not be able to grow assuring that there is no secondary damage.