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Structural Drying

Water Evaporation Techniques Based on Science for Better and Faster Drying

There is one common goal among all water damage restoration services: speeding up the drying process. Although structural drying is a science, very few companies have mastered it. Our technicians at Revive are trained year-round in a variety of science-based drying techniques. We employ the right equipment and the right methods to dry your property faster than any other company in the area when you call us for water damage restoration and structural drying in South and Central Florida.

We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible if your home or business has suffered water damage. Mold growth can occur as a result of untreated water damage. If we can begin structural drying as soon as possible, we will be able to minimize the damage.

Structural Drying for Water Damage

To be successful, structural drying requires a multi-faceted, multi-step approach. Various methods are available for structural drying; the right solution will depend on your property’s size and the extent of damage, including how long the water has been left standing.
In general, we follow the following process:
  • A highly comprehensive assessment of the damage on location.
  • Developing a restoration plan for water damage.
  • Remove all excess standing water from the area.
  • Ensure that any remaining moisture is removed.
  • The removal of moisture from the air through dehumidification.
  • Monitoring and maintaining the temperature.
To identify the fastest structural drying method for your emergency, our teams arrive equipped with the appropriate meters and tools. From standard house floods to hurricane disasters, from condos and penthouses in high rises to waterfront mansions to regular family homes, our teams have dried out thousands of structures with minor to severe water damage. The structural drying services provided by Revive are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to both residential and commercial clients.


In just a couple of days, it’s possible to remove all excess moisture, no matter how deeply it penetrates a structure. Pumping, draining, mopping, and other means of water removal are the first steps in the water removal process as you may have expected. Next, powerful water-friendly vacuum equipment is used to extract water. It is also important to remove damp items, such as clothes and furniture, and any unsalvageable building materials during preparation. This reduces the task of what we consider to be the two steps of structural drying.


Promoting evaporation is the key. To remove the water vapor from the air, there must be a lot of air movement. To do that right, high-volume axial fans and centrifugal air movers must be used. in an ideal world, this would not be invasive. This means that the building does not need to be altered. Traditionally, building dry-out involves lifting or removing carpet, but that’s not always necessary these days. However, sometimes it is essential. For structural framing to dry quickly, baseboard and crown molding may also need to be removed and small holes made. Higher pressure blowers force moist air out by pushing in dryer air. Baseboards and molding are later replaced to cover the holes. The removal of flooring, wallboards and ceiling materials may be necessary in extreme cases.


Water vapor from deep within the structure must be drawn out by keeping indoor relative humidity low. Mold can grow in areas not damaged by the original flooding if humidity isn’t controlled.
To mitigate water damage, professionals use industrial-grade refrigerant dehumidifiers. Water vapor is condensed by the gallon from the air. Moisture in the air can also be expressed in grains (a unit of weight) of water per pound of air, in addition to RH (relative humidity). The most effective dehumidifiers are called LGR – low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. To work correctly, advanced designs are required to withstand temperature extremes. The best temperature range is 70-90 degrees whenever possible. This balances rapid evaporation with not promoting bacteria and mold growth. Silica gel desiccants can be used instead for small areas.

To ensure that everything moves as quickly as possible and that there is no excess moisture left to remove, frequent measurements and adjustments are essential. It’s also possible to damage hardwood floors and woodwork if you dry the building too quickly. Aside from measuring indoor air humidity, it is also important to measure the moisture content of various building materials. In some cases, thermal imaging and bore-scopes can provide valuable information about damp cooler areas within buildings.

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