There was a period, not that long ago, when a house saturated by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, hardwood floors, wall 2×4’s, drywall and any other covering could not be returned to use, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly remedy.
The renters were dislodged for a prolonged period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has grown up out of this background.
Still today, some circumstances are beyond restoration and demand demolition and rebuilding.
However, the continued betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and observable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the home owner.
Water Damage Education
Today’s certified restoration business and technicians have availability to the most competent and up to date training
. These classes are carried out around the area by the IICRC
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. When the attendee displays the quality degree of competence, he or she receives Credentials to affirm her ability to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Training involves inspection. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a wet home 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 sucking up the standing water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be found by the Pro using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals is advisable, and I would say Essential.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods five gallons of water on your floor, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, 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 demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying The Office With Control
It is possible to remove moisture from a office too quickly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.