There was a time, not that long ago, when a office inundated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, flooring, wall 2×4’s, paneling and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive solution.
The tenants were dislocated for a prolonged time and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage repair has matured out of this setting.
Even now, some situations are beyond restoration and require tearing out and rebuilding.
However, the steady advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable science has made restoration much less expensive and much less extensive for the home owner.
Water Damage Training
A Contemporary professional restoration firm and technicians have access to the most competent and state of the art training. These training sessions are carried out around the area by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. Once the technician displays the proper degree of competence, she is honored with Credentials to affirm her skill to perform. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning What to Look For
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home catastrophe. A flooded office building 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 water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
The Danger of Out of Site, Out of Mind
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Certified Professional 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 commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Drying the Structure
If you have a 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 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 a structure too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.