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How much faster is extraction at removing water than dehumidifying?

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

One of the first rules of a water loss is that the most effective way of removing water is physical extraction. But how much faster is extraction at removing water than dehumidifying? About 1200 times faster! A typical truckmount sucks up about 25 gallons of water per minute, while the best dehumidifier only removes about 30 gallons a day.

Efficient extraction is vital when it comes to getting jobs done quickly, because every gallon of water left behind requires at least one hour of dehumidification. So every drop of water you remove is critical.

Using the correct tool is essential. For instance, when using only a light wand to extract, up to 1.5 gallons of water may remain in every yard of carpet and pad. In a 1400 sqft house, that could add up to over 230 gallons left behind. A dehumidifier would have to operate for over 180 hours to remove that amount of water. That’s why it's best to use a weighted, heavy-duty tool rather than a standard wand

A poor extraction job will also lead to higher humidity levels for a longer period of time causing secondary damage and mold growth, not to mention that it slows down the whole drying process.

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