There was a spell, not that long ago, when a building saturated by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, sub floor, wall studs, sheet rock and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly remedy.
The tenants were displaced for a long time and life was chaotic.
Contemporary water damage repair has grown up out of this background.
Still today, some situations are beyond restoration and require dismantling and starting over.
However, the continued betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less costly and much less extensive for the building owner.
Water Damage Classroom Training
A modern professional restoration company and technicians have availability to the highest competent and modern training
. These classes are conducted throughout the area by the IICRC
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. Once the student displays the quality degree of competence, she is awarded Credentials to prove her skill to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified training involves inspection. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded building will have water in all kinds of places. Water will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just extracting the standing water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be located by the Pro 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 water damage restoration company is advisable, and I would say Essential.
Drying Beneath The Surface
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods a few 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 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 calls for knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry out a structure too rapidly and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring humidity levels in the building is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.