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Water Damage Q&A: Can I Turn Off the Air Movers?

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Air movers are an essential part of any water damage mitigation process. Turning one off prematurely can lead to additional and unnecessary damage!

When you have water damage on your property, you’re likely in unchartered territory. Your local restoration and cleanup company will help you recover from the incident, but there are sometimes questions that haven’t been answered. One of the most common questions we’re asked by our customers regards our air movers, which are high-powered fans that speed up the drying process.

Can I shut the air movers off for the night? They are very noisy.

While we acknowledge that air movers can be kind of loud, they play a crucial role in the drying process and should be constantly running until the process is complete. It’s for this reason that we strongly recommend that you allow the air movers to run undisturbed. Should you decide to turn them off anyways, you run the risk of facing a couple of different problems.

First, the longer moisture is present, the more likely you are to have mold growth on your property. Because moisture is an essential part of mold growth, it’s best to address water damage as soon as possible. When you turn off the air movers, you slow the process and allow more time for potential growth to occur.

Second, this disrupts your insurance company’s proposed coverage. Your insurance expects the drying process to be completed within a certain amount of days based on the type and severity of the damage. When you turn off the air movers, you’re extending the total drying process, which equates to more money from your insurance. You may end up on the hook for the costs, plus any mold growth that occurs as a result.

Air movers are an essential part of the water damage mitigation process, so it’s important they are allowed to function the entire time as intended. If you decide to turn them off anyways, please let your water restoration and cleanup company know so they can act accordingly.

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