There was a period, not that long ago, when a house inundated by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, flooring, wall studs, sheet rock and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly solution.
The tenants were dislocated for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage repair has grown up out of this background.
Even today, some situations are beyond restoration and require tearing out and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less extensive for the house owner.
Water Damage School
A modern professional restoration company and technicians have access to the most competent and advanced training
. These schools are carried out throughout the region by the Major Restoration Associations
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Students receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. Once the trainee shows the required degree of skill, he is honored with Credentials to affirm his or her ability to get the job done. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified Inspection Skills
Certified training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded structure will have water in all kinds of places. Water will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the standing water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or healthy results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
Unseen Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified Pro using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying the Structure
If you have a clothes washer overflow and spills a few gallons of water on your carpet, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, if it doesn’t sit for an extended time. But hundreds of gallons of water from burst pipes, storms, hurricanes, river overflow, etc. will almost always create a need for structural drying. This demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying The Office Building With Control
It is possible to dry out a structure too rapidly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.