There was a spell, not that long ago, when a home damaged by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, flooring, wall 2×4’s, wainscoting and any other covering could not be returned to service, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and costly solution.
The occupants were dislocated for a long period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has grown out of this setting.
Even now, some scenarios are beyond restoration and require demolition and rebuilding.
However, the continued advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage School
A modern professional restoration company and technicians have availability to the greatest competent and state of the art training. These training sessions are carried out throughout the region by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Attendees receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, efficient water removal and Techniques. When the technician displays the proper degree of know how, he is awarded Credentials to prove their skill to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified Inspection Skills
Restoration training involves inspection. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded home will have water in all kinds of places. Some will be in plain site and some will be out of site under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
Unseen Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be located by the Certified Professional Technician using up to date 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 water damage restoration company is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Drying Beneath The Surface
If you have a clothes washer overflow and spills ten gallons of water on your flooring, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just extract the water, if it doesn’t sit too long. 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 dry a office too quickly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring humidity levels in the building is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.