There was a period, not that long ago, when a house inundated by water basically had to be ripped apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, drywall and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and expensive cure.
The occupants were displaced for a extended period and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage repair has matured out of this setting.
Still now, some scenarios are beyond restoration and demand demolition and rebuilding.
However, the steady advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable knowledge has made restoration much less expensive and much less invasive for the structure owner.
Water Damage Professional Training
Today’s qualified restoration firm and technicians have access to the most relevant and up to date training. These training sessions are carried out throughout the region by the Restoration Associations and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Attendees receive in depth training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. Once the student shows the required degree of skill, she is honored with Credentials to affirm his or her know how to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning What to Look For
Training involves inspection. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded building catastrophe. A flooded home 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 standing water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To properly restore, all the water must be removed from the structure.
Water That is Out of Site
This water that is out of site, invisible to the naked eye, can be found by the Pro using modern technology such as hygrometers and infrared imaging. These tools and the knowledge to use them are not accessible to the untrained homeowner or commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a professional is recommended, and I would say Essential.
Removing Moisture from Saturated Wood, Sheetrock, and Hardwood
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods ten gallons of water on your carpet, it may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just extract the water, 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 demands knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying The Office Building With Control
It is possible to dry out a building too fast and cause twisting of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing the measure of humidity is another element in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.