There was a period, not that long ago, when a home inundated by H2O basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, flooring, wall studs, paneling and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and very costly solution.
The tenants were displaced for a prolonged time and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage restoration has grown out of this background.
Still now, some situations are beyond restoration and need demolition and starting over.
However, the continued advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the real estate owner.
Water Damage Hands on Training
Today’s certified restoration company and technicians have access to the greatest relevant and modern training
. These schools are carried out throughout the region by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Attendees receive detailed training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, Efficient Water Removal Equipment and Techniques. Once the student displays the quality degree of know how, he or she is awarded Credentials to prove her know how to perform. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
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. Water will be in plain site and some will be hidden under floors and in wall cavities. Just sucking up the standing water that is in eye site will not produce satisfactory or quality results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
Water That is Out of Site
This water that is hidden, not visible to the naked eye, can be located by the Professional 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.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods ten gallons of water on your carpet, you 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 out a building too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring levels of moisture is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.