There was a spell, not that long ago, when a structure damaged by H2O basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof sheathing, hardwood floors, 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 business personnel were dislocated for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown up out of this background.
Even now, some scenarios are beyond restoration and require dismantling and rebuilding.
However, the on-going betterment in technology, equipment, experience, and repeatable science has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage Training School
Today’s certified restoration company and technicians have access to the greatest competent and advanced training. These training sessions are carried out throughout the area by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and often sponsored by Technology Companies. Students receive in depth training on the most up to date Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. Once the technician shows the required degree of competence, he receives Credentials to affirm his know how to get the job done. Continuing education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning How to Inspect the Damage
Restoration training involves assessing the damage. This means the certified water damage technician is able to competently assess a wet home catastrophe. A flooded office 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 view will not produce satisfactory or healthy results. To properly restore, all the water must be extracted.
Unseen Danger of Hidden Water
This water that is hidden, invisible to the naked eye, can be found by the Certified 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 advisable, and I would say Essential.
Beyond the Surface
If you have a washing machine overflow and spills a few gallons of water on your floor, you may be safe to call a carpet cleaner and just suck up, 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 requires knowledge and training in the use of dehumidifiers, air movement, and temperature control.
It is possible to remove moisture from a office too fast and cause warping of structural components. Charting the progress of drying by measuring and comparing levels of moisture is another tool in the arsenal of the professionally trained restoration expert.