There was a time, not that long ago, when a house inundated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof components, floor panels, wall studs, drywall and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and expensive solution.
The owners were dislodged for a extended period and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has grown out of this background.
Still today, some circumstances 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 real estate owner.
Water Damage Education
Today’s professional restoration firm and technicians have access to the highest relevant and state of the art training. These classes are carried out throughout the area by the Certification Schools and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. Once the technician displays the quality degree of skill, he or she is awarded Credentials to prove his or her ability to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
How To Assess the Flood Damage
Training involves assessing the flood. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded home will have water in all kinds of places. Water will be in plain site and some will be out of site under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or healthy results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
Training to Detect Unseen Water
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Professional using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals is advisable, and I would say Essential.
If you have a washer overflow and floods ten gallons of water on your flooring, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry out a office too quickly and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring humidity levels in the building is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.