There was a time, not that long ago, when a structure degraded by water 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 expensive solution.
The business personnel were dislodged for a long period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown up out of this background.
Still today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and need dismantling and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less expensive and much less time consuming for the structure owner.
Water Damage Training
A Contemporary qualified restoration business and technicians have access to the most relevant and up to date training. These classes are conducted around the region by the IICRC and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. When the trainee shows the required degree of know how, she receives Credentials to affirm their ability to get the job done. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning How to Inspect the Damage
Certified training involves inspection. This means the certified 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 out of site under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
Training to Find Unseen Water
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Certified Pro 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 professional water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying the Structure
If you have a clothes washer overflow and pours a few gallons of water on your floor, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, if it doesn’t sit for an extended time. But hundreds of gallons of water from burst pipes, storms, hurricanes, river overflow, etc. will almost always create a need for structural drying. This demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to remove moisture from a structure too fast and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring humidity levels in the building is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.