There was a time, not that long ago, when a building degraded by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall studs, drywall and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly cure.
The owners were displaced for a long time and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage restoration has grown out of this setting.
Even today, some situations are beyond restoration and demand demolition and starting over.
However, the continued advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable science has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the building owner.
Water Damage Professional Training
A modern qualified restoration company and technicians have access to the greatest relevant and advanced training
. These training sessions are conducted around the country by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. When the student displays the proper degree of competence, he or she receives Credentials to affirm her ability to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded structure 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 sucking up the water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
Training to Detect Unseen Water
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Certified Professional using up to date 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 team of professionals is advisable, and I would say Essential.
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 extract the water, 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry a building too rapidly and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring humidity levels is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.