There was a time, not that long ago, when a house degraded by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, hardwood floors, wall studs, drywall and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive remedy.
The tenants were dislocated for a lengthy time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown out of this setting.
Still now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and require dismantling and rebuilding.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage Pro Training
Today’s qualified restoration company and technicians have access to the highest relevant and up to date training
. These training sessions are carried out throughout the area by the Restoration Associations
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. When the trainee displays the quality degree of skill, he or she receives Credentials to prove his or her ability to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified Inspection Skills
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded office building 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 standing water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
The Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Certified Pro using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying Beneath The Surface
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods ten gallons of water on your flooring, 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 demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry a house too rapidly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.