Moisture and flooring don’t always mix well. Most flooring is made to withstand occasional moisture exposure. Washing the floor or walking across it with wet shoes should not be a major issue. However, continual exposure to moisture is another matter. If there is no break from the moisture, the floor won’t get a chance to dry out. It may start to peel, break down, or develop water stains as a result.
So, how do you go about protecting your floor from moisture damage? One solution is to have commercial HVAC mechanical contractors install a dehumidifier.
How Dehumidifiers Keep Floors Dry
At first, it may seem strange that a dehumidifier would keep a floor dry. But consider that any moisture in your air comes into contact with the flooring — continually. Also, if the air in your building is moist, any liquid water on the floor will take longer to evaporate. If you wash the floor, the water will remain on the surface much longer. If someone walks across the floor with wet shoes, the puddles they leave behind will linger.
A dehumidifier will remove excess moisture from the air. So, the air that comes into contact with the floor won’t be introducing new moisture to the floor. Your floor will also dry quickly after washing or a spill. Water simply evaporates more quickly into dry air.
Having a Dehumidifier Installed
There are small, portable dehumidifiers on the market. These work okay in residential settings when you’re just trying to dehumidify a certain room. However, in any sort of larger commercial space, you really want to install a central dehumidifier. Commercial dehumidification systems are also recommended in homes with indoor pools, which give off a lot of moisture.
A commercial humidity control system will coordinate with your existing HVAC system. It will remove moisture from the air before the air is circulated back through the ducts. These systems allow you to monitor the level of moisture in your air. If you notice your floors are still moist, for example, you can turn the relative humidity setting down a bit more. Once the air is dry, the floors will dry.
Replacing or Repairing a Dehumidifier
What if you’re having trouble with moisture on your floors, but you already have a dehumidifier? In this case, it’s a good idea to have a commercial HVAC service company come look your system over. They may find that your dehumidifier needs repairs or replacement. Once it’s up and running, your building and floor will stay dryer. Modern dehumidifiers are easy to control and require little regular maintenance.
If your floors are moist and you’re interested in having a dehumidifier installed, contact H&H Commercial Services, Inc. We’re commercial HVAC contractors Philadelphia residents trust, and we’ll make sure you receive top-quality service and care.