HOT AND HUMID 2020 HURRICANE SEASON

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As we approach the peak of hurricane season you’re probably noticing the air outside is feeling sticky and sometimes, oppressive. This air is typically well above 60% relative humidity (RH) and when it gets in your home, mold, mildew and dust mites are sure to follow. To ensure the continuous protection of your family’s health and structure of your home during any season, we recommend the use of a Santa Fe or Ultra Aire by Santa Fe dehumidifier.

What is an Ideal Home RH?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends an ideal relative humidity between 35% – 50%. High humidity levels in your home can greatly affect your comfort by causing you to feel either hot and sticky or cold and clammy, especially in your basement, while also contributing to smelly, musty odors in the home.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER A CATASTROPHIC STORM

DO NOT DELAY

To reduce mold and damage, begin the drying and cleaning process as soon as floodwaters recede. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

PROTECT YOURSELF

Inspect for structural and electrical damage from outside to determine if it is safe to enter. Assume flood water and flooded materials are contaminated.

REMOVE WET ITEMS

Remove all furniture, bedding, and carpeting to outdoors to be cleaned and dried (or discarded). All upholstered furniture and mattresses contaminated by floodwater should be discarded.

CALL IN A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION COMPANY

Restoration companies specialize in water and storm damage restoration, including damage caused by hurricanes, storm surges, and wind damage.


Important Safety precautions

To help get your home’s RH level back to normal after a hurricane or other water-related events, be sure to follow these important safety measures before using your Santa Fe or Ultra Aire dehumidifier.

  • Do not operate in standing water or place the unit near open water. If used near a water source; be certain there is no chance the unit can fall into the water or get splashed and that it is plugged into a dedicated 15 amp circuit and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected outlet.
  • Check your air filter to ensure it does not need to be changed – it should be white.  When it turns a darker gray color it should be changed.  Check and/or change the filter every 3-6 months.
  • Clean the drain line with bleach water, vinegar or Lysol cleaner to remove any buildup of algae that could cause the unit to backup.
  • Check to see if anything is blocking the return/intake or supply/discharge of the dehumidifier.
  • Be sure the unit is draining properly. A drain trap may be required depending on the model you have.