There was a time, not that long ago, when a home inundated by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, hardwood floors, wall 2×4’s, wainscoting and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and expensive remedy.
The business personnel were displaced for a lengthy period and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage repair has matured out of this background.
Still now, some situations are beyond restoration and need tearing out and starting over.
However, the continued betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less expensive and much less extensive for the structure owner.
Water Damage Professional Training
A modern professional restoration business and technicians have access to the greatest competent and up to date training. These classes are carried out throughout the area by the Certification Schools and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Attendees receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. When the technician displays the quality degree of skill, he is awarded Credentials to prove his know how to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves inspection. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded structure 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 extracting the standing water that is in 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, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Certified Professional Technician using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and the knowledge to use them 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.
Beyond the Surface
If you have a washer overflow and spills a few gallons of water on your floor, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, if it doesn’t sit for an extended time. But hundreds of gallons of water from burst pipes, storms, hurricanes, river overflow, etc. will almost always create a need for structural drying. This requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying Your Office With Control
It is possible to dry a office too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing levels of moisture is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.