There was a spell, not that long ago, when a home saturated by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, sub floor, wall studs, drywall and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and costly cure.
The occupants were displaced for a long period and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has grown out of this setting.
Even today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and require dismantling and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable evidence has made restoration much less costly and much less time consuming for the structure owner.
Water Damage Pro Training
A modern qualified restoration business and technicians have access to the most relevant and modern training
. These schools are conducted around the region by the Certification Schools
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. Once the attendee displays the proper degree of skill, he is awarded Credentials to prove his ability to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Restoration training involves assessing the damage. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home 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 sucking up the standing water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be found by the Pro using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and the knowledge to use them 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 washing machine overflow and floods a few gallons of water on your carpet, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just extract the water, if it doesn’t sit too long. 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 out a house too quickly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing levels of moisture is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.