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What Does Psychrometry Mean?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Specialists in Cliffside Park Use the Study of Air to Tackle Damage After a Flood.

After a flood, the last thing you probably care about is learning a new word like psychrometry (psychrometrics). However, how the properties of air interact with each other are essential to the restoration of your Cliffside Park home. Basically, it is the measurement of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point that restoration specialists use to determine conditions for drying your home after a flood.

Why are Temperature and Humidity Important?

Optimal Drying Conditions are Directly Related to Temperature and Humidity

Flood damage in your Cliffside Park Home typically also means higher humidity levels. Warm air can retain more moisture than cold air. The more moisture in the air, the higher the humidity, it is often referred to as the humidity ratio, which measures the grains of moisture per pound of dry air (GPP). Grains of moisture is a unique unit of measurement that boils down to about 7,000 grains of moisture equaling about a pint of water. If theres a lot of moisture in the air, it is heavier than dry air and can cause residual damage if not adequately dried.

Why Should I Worry About Condensation in My Home?

  • Saturated air that can no longer hold any more water vapor reaches the dew point temperature, causing condensation.
  • Excess condensation after a flood can impede the drying process and create further damage. 
  • Hopefully, you do not see condensation while SERVPRO technicians work in your home because they control the temperature with the HVAC system and reduce humidity with dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO specialists understand the ins and outs of psychrometric calculations and use a chart or wheel to determine and track their drying progress for each project they undertake. For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024. 

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