There was a spell, not that long ago, when a home inundated by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof components, sub floor, wall studs, sheet rock and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly cure.
The renters were displaced for a lengthy period and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage restoration has matured out of this background.
Even now, some situations are beyond restoration and demand tearing out and starting over.
However, the continued betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the building owner.
Water Damage Pro Training
Today’s qualified restoration business and technicians have access to the most relevant and up to date training. These training sessions are carried out throughout 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 shows the proper degree of skill, he or she is awarded Credentials to affirm her ability to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves assessing the damage. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded office building will have water in all kinds of places. Some water will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the standing water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
Training to Detect Unseen Water
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 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 is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Drying Beneath The Surface
If you have a washing machine overflow and spills ten gallons of water on your flooring, you 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry out a structure too fast and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels in the building is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.