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• May 2, 2015 • No comments yet

There are a variety of components that can be directly attributed to high humidity in your home. Air with humidity levels as low as 50% can drastically reduce your comfort and also causes permanent damage to your house. Using a dehumidifier not only keeps your home fresh and clean, it also can promote wellness and protect your home’s integrity. If you’re considering dehumidifier rentals in Charleston, SC, here are some other benefits:

  1. Keeps Out Mold and Dust Mites

Mold and dust mites thrive on moisture. It may sound icky, but your home could be a haven for these two allergens. Using a dehumidifier can dry out the air and keep mold spores and dust mites at bay, resulting in less coughing and allergy attacks.

  1. Increased Air Quality

Humidity decreases air quality by allowing dirt, dust, mold, and other allergens to thrive. The higher the humidity is, the more likely an allergic reaction can be triggered by these pesky indoor pollutants.

  1. Damaging Your Home and Furniture

The interior of your home is constantly combating moisture. Humid air acts as a tipping point in the favor of mold, rot and fungus, and leaves your home vulnerable. Your flooring, cabinets, and wooden furnishings can all be damaged if you do not use a dehumidifier.

Dehumidifiers offer a plethora of benefits to any home owner or renter. They promote air quality and reduce your allergy attacks, while protecting your home. If you are in the market for dehumidifier rentals in Charleston, SC, keep these benefits in mind.

• April 27, 2015 • No comments yet

Properly cleaning and maintaining your own dehumidifier will help you save time and money by preventing costly repairs in the future. We have some simple tips on how to clean your dehumidifier. And just in case your dehumidifier breaks, we’ll also tell you who to call for a dehumidifier rental in Charleston, SC.

The sole purpose of a de-humidifier is to remove excess moisture from the air and reduce the problems of mold and mildew. It requires regular cleaning and maintenance or else it could ice up, overflow, become noisy, ineffective, or fail completely. Therefore, you should begin cleaning your dehumidifier by removing the water collection bucket and putting it aside. Then, you should remove the filter from the rear of the machine, which can often be cleaned and reused. To clean it, fill up your sink with enough hot water to submerge the filter and soak it for 15 minutes. Rinse it off and then hang it to dry.

Next, you should remove the rear grille from the main body as well as the metal cover to access the inside. If you’re not sure how to remove the metal cover, look for two to three screws along the base. Once the inside is exposed, use a narrow brush to remove surface dust and dirt from the inner coils, but avoid hitting the inner fins as they could break.

Wipe dirt from the fan blades and vacuum all surfaces including the back of the grille and assembly. Then, drain any water left in the base and allow it to dry. When it’s completely dry, plug in and test its function.

If your dehumidifier is broken, consider a dehumidifier rental in Charleston, SC with us. We rent out commercial dehumidifiers and have experienced technicians on hand to solve your water damage problems. Call us at 803.788.1800 to learn more.

• January 12, 2015 • No comments yet

A simple household leak can cause lasting and risky damage if not remediated correctly. Avoid this with a commercial dehumidifier rental in Charleston, SC.

Everybody gets soaked, gets their clothes wet, their pet wet, their kids wet. The solution is simple: wring them out and hang them to dry. Well, not the children or pets. But that simple solution can cloud our judgment when it comes to recovering from water damage in buildings. Just stop the leak or flood and wring them out, right?

It’s a little more complicated, and potentially a lot more complex, depending on the type of damage. Consider one dimension: time. It matters how long it takes for a structure to dry out. The faster the better, in terms of minimizing the damage. Water has weight. A lot of water can put pressure on a structure both by weight and because it often swells whatever it soaks. The longer that pressure remains, the weaker the structure can become. The longer something is wet, the more likely you are to have mold growing.

It can essentially become a race: how can you get a floor or building driest fastest? The worst answer is to wait it out. The best answer is to rent a commercial dehumidifier, or hire a professional to use one.

Then there is the question of what size dehumidifier you need. There are complex calculations involving relative humidity, what it is that needs drying out, etc. It’s best to talk to the folks at the commercial dehumidifier rental in Charleston, SC, or wherever you plan to rent from.

It’s easy to get educated quickly—which might be critical in certain situations. We’ll be glad to help assess what would work best.

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