There was a spell, not that long ago, when a office inundated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, floor panels, wall studs, sheet rock and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and very costly remedy.
The renters were dislodged for a long period and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage restoration has matured out of this background.
Still now, some situations are beyond restoration and need demolition and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the on-going betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the house owner.
Water Damage Training School
A Contemporary certified restoration firm and technicians have availability to the highest relevant and up to date training. These training sessions are carried out around the area by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. Once the student displays the quality degree of competence, she is honored with Credentials to prove their know how to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified Inspection Skills
Restoration training involves inspection. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded office will have water in all kinds of places. 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 eye site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To properly restore, 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, invisible to the naked eye, can be located by the Certified Pro 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 professional water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and pours a few gallons of water on your floor, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, 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.
It is possible to dry out a house too fast and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing levels of moisture is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.