There was a period, not that long ago, when a house degraded by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, flooring, wall studs, drywall and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly cure.
The homeowners were displaced for a long time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has matured out of this setting.
Even now, some scenarios are beyond restoration and demand dismantling and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the on-going betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less time consuming for the building owner.
Water Damage Classroom Training
Today’s certified restoration business and technicians have availability to the greatest relevant and modern training
. These classes are conducted around the region by the Major Restoration Associations
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. Once the trainee displays the required degree of competence, he is awarded Credentials to prove their ability to get the job done. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified Inspection Skills
Certified training involves inspection. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded office 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 extracting the water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified Pro 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 professional water damage restoration company is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Drying What Can Not Be Seen
If you have a washing machine overflow and pours five gallons of water on your carpet, 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 out a building too fast and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.