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If I turn the heat up will this help dry my home out after a flood?

HeatYes and no. Furnace heat is not the most effective or efficient way of drying out flood affected rooms, but turning up the heat is one method people use to dry out home after a flood. However, it has to be monitored very closely and used in conjunction with your central air conditioning system. Here are the steps you can take to use your heat and central air conditioning for flood dryout.

  • Close all windows and doors.

  • Turn on the central air conditioning.

  • Once the air is dry, turn the air conditioning off.

  • Turn the heat on.

  • Let the temperature reach 80 degrees.

  • Turn the heat off.

  • Turn the air conditioning back on until the warm air is eliminated.

The method Roto-Rooter’s water restoration professionals recommends is to use dehumidifiers and fans to dry out a structure. The specialized drying equipment used by professionals is not like your household fan. Typically, high-speed industrial fans and dehumidifiers used are arranged to facilitate the most effective drying process, as well as to control the humidity and moisture levels. Until the air is back to normal, mold growth is a possibility. The drying equipment we use is built to run continually for hours or days at a time and should not be moved or turned off by the homeowner.  

In addition, every water-damaged site is unique and should be treated as such. Because certain areas of the home are more difficult to dry than others, each job should have a customized monitoring plan to ensure that all areas are dried thoroughly.

With Roto-Rooter, the actual cleaning and drying time of your home and contents will be determined by the scope of the water damage, as well as the time it takes to meet the drying standard. Our drying equipment and air sanitizers are left onsite at your home to complete the water clean-up process. Our advanced equipment is removed only when our certified temperature, humidity and moisture testing confirms that affected areas have been dried to approved standards.

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