Our Technology

Top-Down, Vortex Drying - The New Way to Dry, PRIME Restoration’s Way to Dry

FLIR Thermo-imaging (models B-1) and moisture meter readings (Tremax non-penetrating, Protimeter surveymaster, Delmhorst BD-10) are utilized to detect trapped moisture and determine the scope of the loss. The initial response involves extraction of standing water and manipulation of content. Dri-Eaz Typhoon fans are our air mover of choice; a low amp draw, daisy chain capabilities and 3000 cfm of air movement per fan were the deciding factor in the use of this tool.  As prescribed by the IICRC fans are set 10-12 linear feet apart on all affected walls. 

PRIME engages either the Phoenix 200max dehumidifier or the DrySmart convectant drying trailer as the dehumidifiers/dryers of choice. The rapid drying capabilities of these drying systems are the best available option to limit business/life interruption and inhibit any microbial growth.

Fans are set at a certain angle on each wall to promote a vortex effect within the affected areas.  Static pressure provided by the vortex on the surfaces (ceiling included) promote rapid evaporation

The job is monitored on a daily basis using the moisture meters and FLIR cameras listed above to determine moisture content readings.  Detailed psychrometric reports are taken each day, with data loggers electronically recording the drying process.

Equipment is removed from affected areas as equilibrium moisture content (EMC) is reached.  The moisture content of water absorbent materials varies depending upon both relative humidity and temperature in the surrounding air.  When these materials are neither gaining nor losing moisture, the EMC has been reached.  PRIME determines this EMC by taking moisture content readings in unaffected areas of the building, both on interior and exterior walls.   

 It is important to note that drying/water damage is a progressive condition, drying times vary depending on the types of materials, quantity of water, degree of saturation, air flow volume and velocity, temperature.  Projects are handled in a discreet, professional manner.

 

The Right Tools for the Job 

FLIR Thermo-Imaging

PRIME Restoration has a “no holds barred” philosophy when it comes to employing the latest technology available to detect and dry structure and content.
 
Forward-Looking Infrared cameras show temperature differentials on surfaces.  Usually, in a water loss, colder surfaces correlate to wet areas.  PRIME techs utilize both penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters to prove the areas are wet and identify the affected area for drying.    
 

Low-Grain Refrigerant Dehumidification

PRIME Restoration employs the Phoenix 200max low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifier for all residential and light commercial projects. LGR Dehumidifiers are much more efficient. These units use a double cooling or enhanced step to lower the moisture laden air temperatures so more condensation can occur and at a faster rate. The result is air that is dryer, heated and with less moisture than conventional refrigerant dehumidifiers units can produce.