SERVPRO of Marietta West's Cutting-Edge Drying & Restoration Equipment
Ask any skilled tradesman or tradeswoman if having the right equipment for the job is important and you will get the same answer. Yes, it’s very important to have the proper equipment to fulfill any skilled trade project. The water restoration trade is no different. Having the proper equipment will help ensure that your projects are completed efficiently, safely, and in a cost and time effective manner. SERVPRO of Marietta West has outfitted every technician and restoration specialist with cutting edge drying equipment and has trained them on the use and operation of said equipment.
Properly training your personnel on use and operation of specialized equipment goes hand-in-hand with having the proper equipment. That's why all SERVPRO technicians initially undergo a 15-day hands-on course which is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. They also receive ongoing training and certification from the IICRC.
*The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.
Air Moving Equipment:
- Traditional Centrifugal Air Movers - Traditional centrifugal air movers or “snail fans” as they are commonly referred to, have been used to perform restorative drying for many years and are commonly used on both commercial and residential restoration projects. These air movers provide excellent airflow and high static pressure with low amp draw, making it possible to power several of these air movers on a single 15-amp household circuit. Traditional air movers tend to be on the bulky side, standing about a foot and a half tall by a foot and a half wide, but provide ample drying power to evaporate moisture from building materials and contents.
- Low Profile Air Movers - Low profile air movers are often referred to as “fans”, but they are so much more than your typical house fan. These air movers deliver high velocity airflow over a large area, maximizing airflow and accelerating evaporation of moisture from building materials for restorative drying. These pieces of equipment utilize an impeller fan to produce a wide, focused airflow path for fast, consistent drying across water damage surfaces and materials. This type of air movers is typically square shaped and stands less than a half foot tall. This makes them easy to stack on top of one another for transport and quick deployment on the job site. Oftentimes technicians will strategically place several of these units together in a room or water damaged space to create centrifugal air movement to facilitate the drying process and evaporate moisture quickly and safely.
- Axial Air Movers - Axial air movers are specially designed to help accelerate the drying of a buildings structure and contents. These types of air movers are highly directional and are extremely effective in many drying applications and scenarios, making them ideal in commercial or residential settings to accelerate the drying of carpets, walls, and hard floor surfaces. When placed on flooring upright at a 12° angle these air movers maximize laminar airflow along the floor in front of the unit. They can also be placed face down to direct airflow down at the floor for focused spot drying. The versatility of these units make them very effective and efficient pieces of drying equipment.
- Low Gain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers - Low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers are often referred to as LRG dehumidifiers and vary greatly in size, shape, and drying capabilities. Some LGR dehumidifiers are designed to fit into tight spaces like crawlspaces that may have limited height clearances, while others are optimized to dehumidify large rooms or drying chambers. These types of dehumidifiers precool incoming air by passing it over cold evaporator coils which separates most of the moisture from the air. The resulting “dry” air is then exhausted from the machine capable of absorbing more moisture from surrounding water damage materials. These types of dehumidifiers can quickly and easily be set up to dry a given space simply by placing them in the room, plugging them into a standard wall outlet, and running the onboard water condensation discharge hose to a suitable drain point (tub, sink, or sewer line). LGR dehumidifiers can be used in many drying scenarios and are primarily utilized on residential water restoration projects, but can also be strategically used in commercial drying and restoration projects.
- Desiccant Equipment - Desiccant dehumidifiers are used to remove moisture from water saturated air during many commercial drying applications because they are capable of moving and drying large volumes of air. They come in all sizes that vary from that of a mini-refrigerator to the size of a tractor-trailer. Desiccant dehumidifiers dry air by passing the water saturated air through a silica drying chamber or filter, where the moisture in the air is absorbed by the silica and the newly dry air is discharged through duct work into areas where restoration drying is taking place. Desiccate dehumidifiers are favored in commercial application due to their scalability and high capacity for drying.
Water Extraction Equipment:
- Portable & Truck Mounted Extractors: Both portable and truck mounted extractors are powerful pieces of equipment that utilize vacuum suction to extract both standing water and water from saturated materials like carpeting or other porous materials.
- Portable Extractors - Portable extractors are typically a little smaller but taller than a shopping cart that you would use at a department store or grocery store. These pieces of equipment are portable because they are on wheels and are able to be easily maneuvered for quick deployment and can reach remote or hard to reach areas. They can be very useful in removing water from residential claims and commercial restoration projects.
- Truck Mounted Extractors - Truck mounted extractors are large, high powered vacuum systems that are built into our service vehicles. They utilized a system of 3 inch hoses to suck up standing water and extract water from saturated carpets and other porous materials. Because of their high flow rate and powerful suction these units are ideal for large commercial jobs but can also be utilized on residential restoration projects.
- High-Flow Trash Pumps - High flow trash pumps come in handy on storm or flood related claims because of their ability to extract water with leaves, dirt and other types of debris that could clog and foul other extraction methods. This type of water extraction equipment is typically used when more than a few inches of water need to be removed because of their high flow rate. High flow trash pumps often find usage in crawl spaces and basements that have been flooded with a significant amount of water and are used on both commercial and residential restoration projects.
- Submersible Pumps - Submersible pumps are sometimes more commonly referred to as sump pumps. These types of pumps can move a fair amount of water but in most cases not near as quickly as the aforementioned high-flow trash pumps. Most of these types of pumps are left on site to continually remove water from an area that routinely floods and have a float feature that will turn the pump on and off as needed to extract water. These pumps are great for crawl spaces and basements that have a tendency to re-flood because of their automatic on-off float feature. They can be used on both residential and commercial restoration projects depending on the circumstances.
- Floor Drying Systems - Floor drying systems are highly specialized pieces of restoration equipment that utilize a series of floor mats and hoses with a vacuum system to extract trapped moisture from hardwood floors quickly and safely. They are great for saving hardwood floors after water damage, and can sometimes prevent or correct warped or bowed hardwood floors in both commercial and residential restoration projects.
- Cavity Drying Equipment - Cavity drying equipment is used when water is trapped in wall or floor cavities. Holes are drilled in the affected area and hoses are inserted that will circulate warm dry air throughout the cavity so that drying can take place with minimal damage to the building material. These units are typically used in tandem with other air movers and dehumidifiers as part of cohesive drying plan and are commonly used on both commercial and residential restoration projects.
24/7 Emergency Restoration & Mitigation Services
SERVPRO of Marietta West is available 24-hours a day, each and every day, even during major holidays. Give us a call at (770) 428-5467 or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com for more information. If you would like one of our loss coordinators to contact you you can click here and one of our trained professionals will reach out to you as soon as possible. Our highly trained water, fire and mold restoration technicians are IICRC certified and maintain their mitigation and restoration skills with continued education classes. We are proud to have served the Marietta and Kennesaw area for over 15 years and are here to help our Cobb County community when disaster strikes.