There was a time, not that long ago, when a office degraded by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, floor panels, wall 2×4’s, drywall and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and very costly cure.
The business personnel were dislocated for a lengthy period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has grown up out of this setting.
Even now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and require dismantling and starting over.
However, the steady betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage Training
Today’s qualified restoration business and technicians have availability to the most relevant and advanced training
. These training sessions are conducted around the region by the IICRC
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. Once the technician displays the proper degree of competence, he or she receives Credentials to affirm his skill to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded office will have water in all kinds of places. Some water 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 eye site will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
Unseen Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Professional using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals is advisable, and I would say Essential.
If you have a washing machine overflow and spills five gallons of water on your carpet, you 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry out a building too quickly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing levels of moisture is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.