How To Get Paid for Dehumidifiers Late In A Project


Today’s post is about making the case for a dehumidifier.

I get regular reports of reviewer’s refusing payment on a dehumidifier late in a project because the grain depression numbers are too low.
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How about you? Are you seeing this?

My strategy for our restoration company is to identify negative trends, understand why they exist and then create a solution. Since we’ve identified the negative trend, let’s understand why it exists.
The idea of tracking grain depression started in the mid 90’s when we were trying to get insurance companies to understand the difference between an LGR and an air conditioner. At that point, it was common for insurance companies to push back on dehumidification. They argued that air conditioning had the capability of removing more moisture than the dehumidifiers.
Grain depression helped identify this as false. Unfortunately, the grain depression metric continues to grow in popularity and was eventually misapplied as a measure of the effectiveness of dehumidifiers and unfortunately, it was some in our industry that promoted that. (No names, but it wasn’t me.) As a result, often times when grain depression is less than five on a dehumidifier, reviewers refuse to pay.

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So what’s the solution?

When grain depression falls below five, take affected readings far away from the location of the dehumidifier. You will find higher GPP in that area. When you do, use this as your affected reading and move the dehu to that location. Dehu paid. Simple.
Want to learn how to calculate the right number of dehumidifiers to place and document drying conditions? Request a FREE TRIAL to Reets TV and check out the  Setting Out the Right Amount of LGR Dehumidifiers and the Documenting Drying Conditions videos.
So, while grain depression is really an outdated metric in many ways, one could argue that making this adjustment during monitoring makes better use of dehumidifiers. I’m not sure it matters. What I can tell you is that my dehumidifiers get paid for late in projects. Yours will too and that alone makes it worth the effort.
Jeremy Reets

Jeremy Reets started working in water restoration in the family business in 1990.  He is known as the innovator of the TES/ETES drying systems, a discipline of drying called Directed Heat Drying™ and the Evaporation Potential formula.

Jeremy opened Reets Drying Academy and flood house in 2005 to provide water damage restoration education.  Jeremy and his brothers also own Champion Cleaning Systems, Inc., a multi-million dollar water damage mitigation company that his family started in 1970.

In 2011, Jeremy began ReetsTV, a series of online water restoration training packages designed specifically for restoration company’s everyday needs, another first in the Industry. 

Today, Reets Drying Academy provides online training for water damage restorationmold remediationmitigation estimating and fire damage restoration.


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