We often get asked, what is a LGR Commercial Dehumidifier?
LGR commercial dehumidifier refers to Low Grain Dehumidifier that uses a low cooling system for faster condensation of air. With LGR, more condensation occurs, which making it an efficient product for removing excess moisture from the air. Although many commercial dehumidifiers will be labeled LGR, the label is commonly used for marketing purpose and not a guarantee of quality. The trend has been facilitated by restorers who want commercial dehumidifier products labeled LGR. An LGR product cannot be defined by the mere ability to pull more water than the conventional means.
Unlike the conventional dehumidifiers, LGR industrial dehumidifiers has an enhanced system that makes their performance unmatched. The mechanism involves pre-cooling of air steam. One of the notable features of this dehumidifier is its capability to continue eliminating moisture air up to 55 GPP. It removes more water and continues to dry to lower humidity. Given the mentioned efficient features of an LGR, you may be tempted to purchase a product simply because labeled LGR.
How to identify a genuine LGR dehumidifier
Heat pipe and air-to-air heat exchange systems require extra space and more materials. Materials like as copper and aluminum are relatively expensive. The conventional dehumidifier systems do not have a pre-cooling system unlike with LGR products. The presence of the pre-cooling system in your machine will best tell whether it's a true LGR product or not.
Genuine commercial grade LGR dehumidifiers should be able to remove as many pints per day as the number of amps it consumes. You can tell a genuine LGR if there are more than ten amps of water in the bucket when it uses ten amps of electricity. If the LGR uses ten amps of power, but after 24 hours of dehumidification below 34GPP, you get about 5 pints of water, then it's not a genuine product or air mover.
Optimizing LGR industrial dehumidifier performance
A combination of LGR industrial dehumidifiers and air movers gives incredible results. You may be having a true LGR that performs poorly due to unclean dehumidifier coils. When used with air movers, it’s easy to regulate motion of wet and dry air. Efficiency is restricted when the dehumidifier and air mover is exposed to dust. The dirt restricts smooth flow of air through the coils by acting as an insulator between the coils and air. Do not rush to purchase any LGR industrial dehumidifier avoid performance frustrations. Seek technical help and feedback from reputable manufacturers of industrial dehumidifiers and industrial air movers products.
When the rain stops and water subsides, flood victims can follow a few simple steps to reduce property damage and limit health risks.
Flooding occurs when rising water overflows the natural boundaries of bodies of water, such as rivers and streams, and flows across the ground picking up all kinds of contamination. The water can be contaminated with soil bacteria, decaying insects, animal droppings, oils and fluids from roadways, and fertilizers and pesticides from fields or gardens.
- Use caution when entering buildings. Make sure electrical power is off and the structure is sound before entering and inspecting a flooded building. Small animals or reptiles may also seek shelter inside a structure, so be cautious when repositioning contents or removing materials.
- Protect yourself. Wear an organic vapor respirator, available from paint or building supply stores, along with rubber gloves, eye protection and protective clothing. Ventilate affected areas by opening windows, and eventually, by placing a fan in a window. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
- Know what items to throw away. Porous items that absorb contaminated flood water shouldn't be restored. Drywall, carpet and pad, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particle board normally should be discarded if wet.
- Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable. Machine washing, including at least a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, should remove most contamination and stains.
- Open pockets of saturation. Remove base molding and portions of damaged walls and wet insulation. Locate the water line and measure 15 inches to 20 inches above it. Everything below that should be removed and discarded. Flooring, such as hardwood, laminate or sheet vinyl, should be removed to expose pockets of saturation underneath for cleaning, sanitizing and drying.
- Clean aggressively. Wall cavities and exposed durable materials (studs, joists) should be cleaned by pressure washing with detergent solutions. After thoroughly cleaning and flushing salvageable materials, apply a disinfectant solution liberally. A water restoration professional may be needed to perform this service safely and effectively.
- Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives in a moist environment with organic material (e.g., paper or particle board), and temperatures between 68°F and 86°F. Keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures as possible.
- Dry out before you rebuild. To prevent dry rot and on-going structural damage, don't reconstruct or cover wood materials until its moisture content falls below 16 percent. Moisture meters are available online, but it may be best to hire a water restoration professional to confirm proper drying before reconstruction.
- Consider hiring a professional. A professional water damage restoration company has trained technicians, specialized cleaners and antimicrobial agents, and extraction, drying, dehumidifying and moisture measuring equipment.
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