There was a time, not that long ago, when a office saturated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, flooring, wall studs, drywall and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly remedy.
The occupants were dislodged for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown up out of this background.
Even now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and demand dismantling and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the steady improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the home owner.
Water Damage Education
A modern certified restoration company and technicians have availability to the greatest relevant and modern training. These schools are conducted around the region by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. Once the technician displays the required degree of know how, he is awarded Credentials to affirm their skill to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves assessing the damage. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home catastrophe. A flooded home 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 eye site will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Pro using up to date technology such as hygrometers and infrared. These tools and knowledge 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 washer overflow and spills a few gallons of water on your carpet, 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.
Drying The Office Building With Control
It is possible to remove moisture from a structure too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels in the building is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.