There was a period, not that long ago, when a house inundated by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, floor panels, wall studs, sheet rock and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly cure.
The tenants were dislodged for a prolonged time and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has grown up out of this setting.
Still today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and require dismantling and rebuilding.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the home owner.
Water Damage Education
A modern professional restoration firm and technicians have availability to the greatest competent and up to date training
. These training sessions are carried out throughout the area by the Restoration Associations
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Students receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. Once the trainee displays the quality degree of skill, he or she is awarded Credentials to prove her ability to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Restoration training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home catastrophe. A flooded building 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 view will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
Unseen Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be located by the Pro using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Removing Moisture from Saturated Wood, Sheetrock, and Hardwood
If you have a washer overflow and pours five gallons of water on your flooring, it 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.
It is possible to remove moisture from a house 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.