There was a spell, not that long ago, when a structure damaged by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, floor panels, wall studs, paneling and any other covering could not be returned to use, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and very costly solution.
The renters were forced to leave for a prolonged time and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage restoration has grown up out of this setting.
Still now, some situations are beyond restoration and demand demolition and starting over.
However, the on-going advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the real estate owner.
Water Damage Education
A modern professional restoration firm and technicians have availability to the highest relevant and up to date training. These classes are carried out around the country by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. Once the student shows the quality degree of competence, she is honored with Credentials to affirm his or her ability to perform. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning How to Inspect the Damage
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded home will have water in all kinds of places. Some water will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just sucking up the standing water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or high quality 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 Pro 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 professional water damage restoration company is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Removing Moisture from Saturated Wood, Sheetrock, and Hardwood
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods five gallons of water on your carpet, 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 demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying Your Office Building With Control
It is possible to dry out a structure too fast and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.