There was a time, not that long ago, when a building inundated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof components, flooring, wall 2×4’s, sheet rock and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive remedy.
The tenants were forced to evacuate for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has matured out of this setting.
Still today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and need tearing out and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable science has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the structure owner.
Water Damage Education
Today’s certified restoration firm and technicians have availability to the most competent and up to date training. These training sessions are conducted around the country by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Attendees receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. Once the trainee shows the quality degree of skill, she receives Credentials to affirm their ability to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning What to Look For
Restoration training involves inspection. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded structure 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 water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Pro using modern 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 recommended, and I would say Essential.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and spills a few gallons of water on your carpet, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, 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.
It is possible to dry a house too rapidly and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels in the building is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.