There was a time, not that long ago, when a home inundated by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, sheet rock and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive remedy.
The renters were displaced for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage repair has grown up out of this setting.
Still now, some situations are beyond restoration and require dismantling and rebuilding.
However, the steady betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less expensive and much less time consuming for the office owner.
Water Damage Training School
A modern certified restoration business and technicians have access to the greatest competent and state of the art training. These schools are carried out around the country by the IICRC and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. When the student displays the quality degree of skill, she is honored with Credentials to prove his or her skill to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning What to Look For
Restoration training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded office building 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 sucking up 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 detected by the Certified Professional using modern 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.
Removing Moisture from Saturated Wood, Sheetrock, and Hardwood
If you have a washing machine overflow and spills ten gallons of water on your carpet, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to remove moisture from a building too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.