There was a period, not that long ago, when a structure saturated by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof components, hardwood floors, wall 2×4’s, drywall and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and expensive solution.
The renters were forced to evacuate for a lengthy period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown out of this background.
Still today, some situations are beyond restoration and need tearing out and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the continued advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the house owner.
Water Damage Professional Training
A modern professional restoration firm and technicians have access to the highest relevant and modern training
. These schools are conducted around the region by the IICRC
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. When the trainee displays the quality degree of competence, he receives Credentials to affirm his skill to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves assessing the flood. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded building 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 sucking up the standing water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or healthy results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
Water That is Out of Site
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Professional using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and pours ten gallons of water on your floor, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just extract the water, if it doesn’t sit long enough to penetrate deep into the structure. But hundreds of gallons of water from burst pipes, storms, hurricanes, river overflow, etc. will almost always create a need for structural drying. This requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry a house too rapidly and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring levels of moisture is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.