There was a time, not that long ago, when a structure degraded by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, sub floor, wall studs, paneling and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly cure.
The owners were dislodged for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has grown out of this setting.
Still today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and demand demolition and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the continued betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the building owner.
Water Damage Training
A Contemporary qualified restoration business and technicians have access to the greatest competent and modern training
. These training sessions are carried out around the region by the IICRC
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Students receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. Once the attendee shows the quality degree of competence, he or she is honored with Credentials to affirm his know how to get the job done. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Training involves assessing the flood. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded building 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 professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
Training to Find Unseen Water
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be located by the 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 property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying Beneath The Surface
If you have a washer overflow and pours a few gallons of water on your carpet, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, if it doesn’t sit long enough to penetrate deep into the structure. 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.
It is possible to dry out a office too rapidly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing the measure of humidity is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.