There was a spell, not that long ago, when a home degraded by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, sheet rock and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and expensive cure.
The renters were forced to evacuate for a lengthy time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown out of this setting.
Even now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and require dismantling and starting over.
However, the continued advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable science has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the building owner.
Water Damage Education
A modern certified restoration firm and technicians have access to the highest competent and modern training. These classes are carried out around the country by the Certification Schools and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Technicians receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. Once the trainee shows the required degree of competence, he or she is awarded Credentials to affirm his or her ability to perform. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning How to Inspect the Damage
Certified training involves assessing the damage. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded office 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 sucking up the water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
The Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified 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 professional is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Beyond the Surface
If you have a washer overflow and pours ten gallons of water on your floor, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, 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.
Drying Your Structure With Control
It is possible to remove moisture from a structure too fast and cause buckling 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.