Crawlspace dry time???

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  1. 1st choice restoration
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    How long does it typically take you to dry a crawlspace ? How long with no heat?
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    3-5 days with heat.

    Without:


    :winky:
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    But doesn't a basic, commercial dehumidifier put out some good heat, enough to raise the moisture level up enough to be taken out?
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    If it weren't butt azz cold it potentially could. However the temp is far below the operating temperature of the unit.

    At least it is winter and your gpp is very low but it could take weeks depending on the depth of the moisture.
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    I have come into places...in my past....

    That would have a block of ice 3 feet deep....and you would get asked how long to dry out and thaw.... :dejection:

    I would use heat drying (and accompanied dehumidification) to control it so not to cause secondary damage....but what a pain :hopeless:

    But some insurance companies, you would fight with because they won't pay to dry the ground....as the call it or also know as outside the structure....

    I would usually just ask them if they wanted a phone number now for a mold remediation company for later in the year....

    Boy I don't miss those days.....

    But there are too many variables such as fighting still cold weather outside....just too many variables....

    Try drying out a space like that with solid ice in -25 below zero temps! Ugh!

    (Boy I don't miss those day..... :) )
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    Man I love it!

    We processed 16 wdr losses in the last 10 days. A couple of large commercial losses in the 16.

    It was fun! :biggrin:
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    Matt, No the dehumdifiers will typically stop working at a certain temperature. We prefer dessicants for drying crawlspaces . If one is not available then we usually add heat
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    Mark, just chip out that 3' block of ice. Much easier to remove water when solid than in the vapor state. :)
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    I was too fat to get under there all the way...and that ice was cold! :)
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    Just rent a frost fighter and feed it for 3 days.
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    $500.00- $600.00 in propane?
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    I actually used the ETES most of the time for those....

    Nice dry heat :)
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