Burlington, Wash.-based Dri-Eaz Products continues its efforts in urging restoration equipment manufacturers to submit their dehumidifiers to third-party certification. Last week Dri-Eaz shipped another set of dehumidifiers to Intertek, an independent laboratory under contract with AHAM, for performance verification.
In 2004, Dri-Eaz issued a challenge to all restoration equipment manufacturers to publish third-party verified performance data for their equipment. Bill Bruders, president of Dri-Eaz, said, “Restorers, distributors, and insurance adjusters all rely on accurate information to do their jobs — and the consequences of having the incorrect information are quite serious.”
In an intensively competitive marketplace, overstating performance is a real temptation for manufacturers. But when a restoration job doesn’t go right, restoration contractors often get the blame. When restorers rely on equipment without verified performance it can inadvertently create a chain of inaccuracies that put their business, the insurers and their customers at risk. Misleading performance data may cause restorers to install insufficient equipment, overcharge insurers, and leave homes and businesses exposed to excessive moisture longer than they should be.
Equipping the restorer with accurate information is why Dri-Eaz has its dehumidifiers independently tested and makes the results publically available on its website at www.dri-eaz.com/products/productspecs.html. According to Dri-Eaz, equipment manufacturers gain little by inflating performance claims and risk much for the restorers who depend on this information to make good decisions.
Dri-Eaz Products provide solutions for the drying and restoration of water-damaged buildings. The company manufactures dehumidifiers, air movers, structural drying systems and air scrubbers used by water damage restoration professionals and in industrial drying, cleaning and maintenance work.