There was a time, not that long ago, when a office saturated by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, floor panels, wall 2×4’s, paneling and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and expensive remedy.
The renters were dislocated for a lengthy period and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage restoration has grown out of this background.
Even today, some circumstances are beyond restoration and demand demolition and starting over.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less time consuming for the building owner.
Water Damage Classroom Training
A modern certified restoration business and technicians have access to the highest relevant and up to date training. These training sessions are carried out around the region by the Major Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. Once the attendee displays the quality degree of skill, he or she receives Credentials to affirm his ability to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves inspection. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building 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 sucking up the water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or healthy results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
The Danger of Out of Site, Out of Mind
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be found by the Professional 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 carpet, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry a building too fast and cause warping 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.