There was a period, not that long ago, when a house damaged by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. 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 costly cure.
The business personnel were dislodged for a lengthy period and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has grown up out of this setting.
Even today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and require tearing out and starting over.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less extensive for the structure owner.
Water Damage Education
Today’s professional restoration firm and technicians have access to the most relevant and modern training. These training sessions are conducted around the region by the Certification Schools and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. When the trainee shows the required degree of competence, she is honored with Credentials to prove his or her ability to perform. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
How To Assess the Flood Damage
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded structure 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 sucking up the water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
Training to Find Unseen Water
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified Professional using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying What Can Not Be Seen
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 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying Your Office Building With Control
It is possible to dry out a building too rapidly and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring humidity levels is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.