There was a spell, not that long ago, when a structure damaged by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, wainscoting and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly cure.
The tenants were dislocated for a lengthy time and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage restoration has matured out of this background.
Still today, some situations are beyond restoration and demand dismantling and rebuilding.
However, the on-going advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable evidence has made restoration much less costly and much less extensive for the real estate owner.
Water Damage School
Today’s certified restoration firm and technicians have access to the highest competent and advanced training
. These classes are carried out around the area by the IICRC
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Students receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. When the technician displays the required degree of skill, he or she is honored with Credentials to affirm her know how to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Training involves inspection. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home 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 extracting the standing water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified Pro 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 professional water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods ten gallons of water on your flooring, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, 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 house too rapidly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.