There was a time, not that long ago, when a home degraded by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, floor panels, wall studs, paneling and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and costly cure.
The owners were dislocated for a prolonged time and life was chaotic.
Up to Date water damage repair has grown up out of this setting.
Still today, some circumstances are beyond restoration and need dismantling and rebuilding from scratch.
However, the on-going improvement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable evidence has made restoration much less costly and much less time consuming for the house owner.
Water Damage Professional Training
A Contemporary professional restoration business and technicians have availability to the highest competent and up to date training
. These schools are conducted throughout the region by the IICRC
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. When the technician shows the proper degree of competence, he or she is honored with Credentials to prove his ability to get the job done. Yearly continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Certified Inspection Skills
Certified training involves inspection. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flooded 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 sucking up the standing water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.
The Danger of Out of Site, Out of Mind
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 the knowledge to use them 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 washer overflow and floods a few gallons of water on your carpet, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just remove, 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 demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to dry out a building too quickly and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring the measure of humidity is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.