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How to dry under a tile floor. Flooded bathroom.

We dried out this tile floor using heat. That enabled us to save the floor rather than replace it.

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24-hour flood response talking about a tile floor. How to get it dry. In this case at this house. It was that actually the hot water line to this sink burst and flooded. It came out into the other rooms adjacent to this room and then also went downstairs.And so this we have a tile floor. We're going to attempt to dry this with heat. So here's my meter and we can see that there's moisture in the floor, and it's just going to kind of Bounce Around most tiles give You some sort of reading on this type of meter. But what we're looking for is that it gives us a reading and then it shoots up, maybe maxes out. That's how we're finding out that its water, not just a false reading or something.Most of the time that happens when you get close to the edges. So as I get close to this Edge, I'm a seat like right there. Was it coming across here and jumping up. Six, eight hundred and so that water gets under and then just holds in there. There's got nowhere to go, right? And so what were able to do, Heat or what we call energy in the industry. We're able to dry through that. It takes those molecules starts getting a moving really quick and then they find a way out so downstairs. We have that exposed. The bottom of this floor is exposed downstairs.We've got a dehumidifier down there. We've got air movement down there. Now, we're going to add heat right here, and that should really push that water out. So we'll set up a containment system.That's going to kind of keep that that heat low because this is a fairly high ceiling in here. And we want to keep that heat to the ground. And then we'll set that up. I'll walk you through that.We'll just keep an eye on it and as we get closer and as we get dry, we'll show you how that turns out. Okay, so we put, we pulled out the vanity and you can see we pulled out the vanity sink and everything like that. It was destroyed. That's where the flood came from. Then we put it tent and then now, this is a heat unit. That's blowing air in there. And if you see the really bright colors that's temperatures. And so it's coming out over a hundred degrees out there onto that tile. And then I have another air mover and they're blowing that around and we're going heat that tile up and that's how we're going to get that dry. Because it was clean water because this was clean water. We can save it. If it were dirty water. It had feces in. It had whatever to make it Category 3, water or dirty water. Then we wouldn't be saving this because we'd have contaminants under the tile and in the structure that didn't start there. So because it's clean water. We're going to save this.Now in here. I've got another are mover hooked up to some lay flat, ducting. It's kind of ugly in this situation, but It's as soon as this temperature hit in here at a hundred and about 20 degrees. It's going to kick. This are mover on and it's going to duck out air until it hits 110. So it'll drop it down there. Now what's coming out of the snout of this air mover with the heat is over, a hundred is going to be a hundred and fortyish. And that is going to be trapped under there for a little bit and then it's going to come out. And then as soon as it goes over the 2120, then it's going to start kicking it out of the house. So right here, we're set up to put a plastic wall. We haven't done that yet because we wanted to show you what that looked like they are. The idea is if we can get it nice and hot in here but controlled hot and we can do it for enough time. We're going to be able to do it. We're gonna benable to dry that out. We're not using a dehumidifier because we're ducting out that warm wet air out of the window and that's going to be more ….

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