Drying wet carpet is not as simple as drying the surface. You need to understand what is under the carpet and whether there is moisture underneath. In this article, we will discuss what an air mover is, and how it is used to draw out moisture from water damaged carpet as well as the carpet underlay and subfloor.

What is an Air Mover?

An air mover is principally used as the moisture lifting apparatus in a wet building to dry out the moisture from wet components that might be affected by water inundation. It’s driven by an electric motor with a barrel fan in it. It has a three-speed switch that moves large volumes of air. Probably the biggest thing that an air mover does is to dry wet carpet. When the carpet is wet, there is no other way of drying them other than putting high-speed air movers over the top or underneath them to ventilate and to draw out the moisture into the atmosphere.

A standard 'Snail' air mover, specially designed for water damage.

A standard 'Snail' air mover, specially designed for water damage.

How to use your Air Mover at home?

The first thing you need to do is to get the water extracted from the surface. You can use a carpet cleaning machine or a wet and dry vacuum. The next thing you should do is to place the air mover on the surface for the air to pass over and lift the moisture.

Remember, that feeling the surface of the carpet will only indicate dryness of the carpet surface fibres. This process will not tell you what is going on underneath. This is where you’ll need a moisture metre and a professional representative to check it on a daily basis. They will be able to find out when to pull the equipment out and when you’ve reached a make safe level.

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