There was a period, not that long ago, when a home damaged by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt. Roof sheathing, hardwood flooring, wall 2×4’s, paneling and any other covering could not be salvaged, but had to be replaced. This was an extensive and expensive remedy. The business personnel were displaced for a long time and life was chaotic. Modern water damage repair has grown up out of this background. Still now, some circumstances are beyond restoration and need dismantling and rebuilding from scratch. However, the continued advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable evidence has made restoration much less expensive and much less time consuming for the house owner.

Flooded House Restored

Water Damage Pro Training

A Contemporary professional restoration business and technicians have availability to the highest relevant and modern training. These classes are carried out around the area by the IICRC and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal equipment and Techniques. When the technician displays the quality degree of skill, she is awarded Credentials to prove their know how to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.

Learning What to Look For

Training involves inspection. This means the certified technician is able to competently assess a flood catastrophe. A flooded structure 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 water that is in site will not produce satisfactory or professional results. To restore properly, all the water must be removed from the structure.

Hidden Water

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 commercial property manager. Therefore, calling in a team of professionals 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 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
Drying Your Office Building With Control
It is possible to remove moisture from a structure too fast and cause buckling of structural components. Charting the progression of drying by measuring and comparing humidity levels is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.