There was a time, not that long ago, when a office inundated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof components, floor panels, wall 2×4’s, paneling and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive solution.
The occupants were forced to evacuate for a lengthy time and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has matured out of this background.
Even today, some circumstances are beyond restoration and need dismantling and starting over.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the building owner.
Water Damage Education
Today’s certified restoration company and technicians have availability to the most competent and modern training. These training sessions are conducted around the country by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. Once the trainee displays the required degree of skill, he or she receives Credentials to affirm his know how to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning What to Look For
Training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded office building 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 sucking up the water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
Unseen Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Certified Professional using up to date 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 water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and spills a few gallons of water on your floor, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, 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 dry a structure too rapidly and cause warping 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.