There was a period, not that long ago, when a house degraded by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, floor panels, wall studs, sheet rock and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly remedy.
The owners were dislocated for a lengthy period and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has matured out of this background.
Even today, some scenarios are beyond restoration and need demolition and starting over.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less time consuming for the real estate owner.
Water Damage Training School
Today’s certified restoration business and technicians have availability to the highest relevant and up to date training
. These classes are conducted around the region by the Certification Schools
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Attendees receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. Once the trainee shows the proper degree of skill, he or she receives Credentials to affirm their know how to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified Inspection Skills
Restoration training involves assessing the flood. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home catastrophe. A flooded office building will have water in all kinds of places. Some 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 site 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, invisible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified Professional using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and knowledge are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is recommended, and I would say Essential.
If you have a washer overflow and floods five gallons of water on your flooring, it 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 calls for 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 levels of moisture is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.