There was a period, not that long ago, when a structure saturated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall studs, wainscoting and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive solution.
The owners were forced to evacuate for a extended period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has grown out of this background.
Even now, some scenarios are beyond restoration and demand demolition and rebuilding.
However, the steady advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less extensive for the real estate owner.
Water Damage School
A modern certified restoration company and technicians have availability to the most competent and state of the art training. These schools are carried out around the region by the Major Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Attendees receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. Once the attendee displays the proper degree of skill, he or she is honored with Credentials to affirm his or her ability to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Training involves assessing the damage. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home catastrophe. A flooded structure will have water in all kinds of places. Water will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just sucking up the standing water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified Professional using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and knowledge 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 clothes washer overflow and spills ten gallons of water on your floor, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, if it doesn’t sit too long. 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.
Drying The Office With Control
It is possible to dry a structure too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing the measure of humidity is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.