There was a time, not that long ago, when a building damaged by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof components, flooring, wall 2×4’s, paneling and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly solution.
The tenants were displaced for a long period and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage restoration has matured out of this setting.
Even now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and demand tearing out and rebuilding.
However, the steady betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less extensive for the building owner.
Water Damage Pro Training
A modern certified restoration firm and technicians have access to the highest relevant and advanced training. These schools are carried out throughout the area by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. When the student displays the required degree of competence, he receives Credentials to prove their ability to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
How To Assess the Flood Damage
Training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded building will have water in all kinds of places. Some will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the standing 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.
Training to Find Unseen Water
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be located 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 commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional water damage restoration company is advisable, 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 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 fast and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing levels of moisture is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.