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Plaster Walls

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Removing Water From Plaster Walls
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When an indoor water intrusion makes it way to the wall system, many undesirable events can occur. Especially if the wall is constructed with plaster.

Plaster walls have many layers

Most plaster wall construction is composed of at least 4 layers. The outer most is the last layer or commonly known as the third or second coat. underneath that is the base layer of plaster.

As we move deeper into the wall structure, we can see from the image that the plaster is gripped into the wall through the use of wood board slats that are installed horizontally over the vertical wall studs.

The space or void that is left between the slats is the holding mechanism for what is commonly referred to as the plaster keys. This is where the base coat of plaster is forced through the voids in the slats and allowed to ooze up and down behind the slat thereby drying larger than the void and allows the plaster base coat to dry tightly between the boards.

As you can imagine, this type of drying of wet materials can pose a strategic nightmare for most restoration companies.

TES Thermal Energy Drying System

The reality is, when your walls get wet from a water loss, you must rely on a restoration company to help you. Sadly, there are a lot of companies that are not properly trained and do not have over 35 years experience in drying multilayer wet materials. While there are many, many items that must be addressed when a flood occurs, you walls are the most critical. The most efficient and safest way to dry walls is with heat. Heat technology helps in may ways.

  1. It hinders the development of microbial growth. (Mold)
  2. It drastically increases evaporation of moisture into the ambient air
  3. It restrengthens wet materials. Including Sheetrock.
  4. It speeds dry out times.
  5. Heat significantly reduces secondary damage and rip and tear outs.

Please watch the YOUTUBE video below:
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