Why do fans need to be running 24/7 during a water damage? (Can I turn the equipment off at night to save money. Is it ok to open the windows and doors?)
The specialized equipment used is made to run continually and has been placed in a particular way that will help promote the drying process. Do not move or turn any of the equipment off. The equipment is made to run continually and could run for months without over heating or causing any safety issues.
Can I open the doors and windows?
Most of the time the answer is no. Depending on the weather conditions you could retard the drying progress. Best rule of thumb is to not open any windows or doors, turn off any fans, air conditioning, or heat without talking with the restoration company first. A Restoration Professional will set up the conditions of the property as needed to most efficiently dry your structure.
Can I turn the equipment off at night to save money or to reduce noise?
- The drying process is on going and requires the equipment to run 24 hours a day. Most equipment is designed to be efficient and the estimated cost to run this equipment can be as little as $1 to $2 per day. This is a small price to pay compared to the cost of reconstruction and/or mold remediation. As for the noise, well, that may be the bad that comes with the good.
Would it help to turn the heater on?
Do not do anything without talking to the restoration professionals first.
Do I need to call a water restoration company or is it ok to use a General Contractor for the water damage and dry out?
A water restoration company specializes in water damage and has the certifications, training, experience, and know-how needed to deal with any water damage situation. A general contractor may not have the necessary experience or knowledge needed to mitigate or remediate the negative effects of water damage. It is best to find a water restoration company that is also a general contractor, like Guarantee Restoration Services, so all work can be done by one company.