There was a time, not that long ago, when a office degraded by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall studs, paneling and any other covering could not be returned to use, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly cure.
The occupants were displaced for a prolonged time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown up out of this background.
Still now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and need tearing out and rebuilding.
However, the steady advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less extensive for the building owner.
Water Damage Education
Today’s professional restoration company and technicians have availability to the most relevant and advanced training. These training sessions are conducted throughout the area by the IICRC and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. When the student displays the proper degree of know how, he or she receives Credentials to affirm his or her skill to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning How to Inspect the Damage
Training involves inspection. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded building will have water in all kinds of places. Some will be in plain site and some will be out of site under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the standing water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Professional using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals is advisable, and I would say Essential.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and spills five gallons of water on your floor, it 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying Your Office Building With Control
It is possible to remove moisture from a house too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring humidity levels is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.