There was a spell, not that long ago, when a home degraded by H2O basically had to be ripped 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 solution.
The business personnel were displaced for a prolonged time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has matured out of this setting.
Even now, some situations are beyond restoration and demand dismantling and rebuilding.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less expensive and much less extensive for the structure owner.
Water Damage Education
A modern professional restoration business and technicians have access to the most competent and advanced 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, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. Once the technician displays the required degree of skill, he or she is honored with Credentials to affirm his skill to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded home 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 extracting the water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
The Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Certified Professional Technician using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared. 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 washer overflow and pours five gallons of water on your carpet, 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.
Drying The Office Building With Control
It is possible to dry out a building too fast and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing levels of moisture is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.