There was a time, not that long ago, when a structure inundated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, floor panels, wall studs, wainscoting and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly cure.
The tenants were dislodged for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has matured out of this setting.
Still now, some scenarios are beyond restoration and demand dismantling and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less time consuming for the house owner.
Water Damage Professional Training
Today’s professional restoration business and technicians have access to the highest relevant and advanced training. These classes are carried out throughout the area 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 and Techniques. Once the trainee displays the required degree of know how, he is honored with Credentials to affirm her ability to perform. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning How to Inspect the Damage
Certified training involves assessing the flood. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded building will have water in all kinds of places. Some water 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 eye site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
Training to Detect Unseen Water
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be located by the Pro using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared. 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 clothes washer overflow and floods 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.
It is possible to dry a building too rapidly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring humidity levels is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.