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How Do I Know if Something is Actually Dry?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of a moisture reader being used to check if drywall is still wet You cannot use your hands to adequately determine is something is dry because your skin has a moisture content of 25 percent.

If your basement floods just an inch or two, you may decide to clean it up yourself. You mop up all the water, find as many large fans as you can and hope it dries out as quickly as possible. After a few days, you go down into your basement and try to determine if the contents are dry. But how?

You cannot use your hands to adequately determine is something is dry because your skin has a moisture content of 25 percent. For example, dry wood has a moisture content of about 10 percent. So, if you were to feel dry wood with a moisture content of about 20 percent, it would still be wet. But your hands would tell your brain it was dry, because it is drier than your hands.

Just because something feels dry to the touch doesn’t mean it isn’t still saturated with water.

If you need help with water clean-up and restoration, let our team of professionals from SERVPRO of Lawrence County come help you! We have years of experience and will ensure your property is clean and restored to its preloss condition as soon as possible.

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