Burst pipes and floods are two major water issues that are common among Michigan homeowners during brutally cold and snowy winters. When you are hired as the restoration or cleaning company that is called in to help, you need quality dehumidifiers at the ready so you can manage the cleanup for all sizes and types of spaces. Here are just five maintenance tips for keeping dehumidifiers working properly for all your water damage restoration jobs.
1. Clean the Vent and Grilles
If dirt is permitted to build up on the dehumidifier grill, the entire system will slow down and work far less efficiently. Over time and left unchecked, the problem can damage the machine permanently. This task should be done seasonally at a minimum.
2. Change the Filter
Has it been a while since you changed the filter on your dehumidifier? This important element helps eliminate the dust, allergens, and contaminants that a dehumidifier pulls in while also protecting the internal mechanism, but it will only work well if it is correctly maintained. Follow your user manual.
3. Clean the Water Container
Emptying the water container during system maintenance is necessary, but cleaning the container is what will really help eliminate build-up and hard-to-remove dirt. Using detergent and disinfectant can prevent mold and mildew from growing.
4. Inspect the Coils
It is not unusual for frost or ice to build-up on the condenser over time, particularly if the room temperature gets too low. Some dehumidifier systems have auto-defrost and are easier to maintain because they automatically shut down if an internal problem develops. Maintaining a room temp of above 60 degrees in rooms being treated with a dehumidifier and raising the dehumidifier above ground level can help minimize buildup.
5. Check Water Levels
Dehumidifiers collect water in a reservoir. It’s essential to check the water levels in the condensate bucket daily if you will be leaving a dehumidifier in one spot overnight. Failing to empty a full container can force the unit into shut-off mode and the standing water can lead to mold growth. Even if you have a hose option for draining, regularly check it for proper function.
Is It Time to Upgrade Your Dehumidifiers?
If you know your dehumidifiers could use an upgrade, or if you’re ready to add to your fleet of equipment, consider Dri-Eaz dehumidifiers, including:
- Dri-Eaz Revolution LGR: Affordable, compact, portable, stackable, and featuring a space-saving design, the Revolution LGR is high-performing for bathrooms and crawlspaces.
- Dri-Eaz LGR 7000XLi: Solidly in the extra-large category at 29 gallons, the LGR 7000XLi is also compact and portable with excellent efficiency and advanced crossflow technology.
- Dri-Eaz DrizAir1200: A compact, portable, 18-gallon dehumidifier, the DrizAir 1200 is a convenient size that transports easily and delivers professional performance and portability.
Michigan Maintenance Supply offers the professional cleaning equipment and supplies you and your team need to handle any water restoration job. Contact us to discuss special pricing, quality discounts, and our contractor programs.