There was a time, not that long ago, when a home degraded by water basically had to be torn apart and rebuilt from scratch. Roof components, sub floor, wall studs, drywall and any other covering could not be restored, but had to be replaced. This was an in depth and expensive remedy.
The tenants were dislodged for a extended time and life was chaotic.
Modern water damage restoration has grown out of this setting.
Still today, some circumstances are beyond restoration and need tearing out and starting over.
However, the on-going advancement in technology, equipment, experience, and observable evidence has made restoration much less costly and much less invasive for the office owner.
Water Damage School
Today’s professional restoration company and technicians have access to the most competent and advanced training
. These classes are conducted around the country by the Certification Schools
and often sponsored by Technology Companies
. Technicians receive detailed training on the most current Drying Procedures, water removal and Techniques. When the trainee shows the required degree of competence, he or she is awarded Credentials to affirm her know how to perform. Yearly education is required to keep certification valid.
Learning How to Inspect the Damage
Training involves inspection. This means the water damage technician is able to competently assess a flooded home catastrophe. A flooded office 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 extracting the standing water that is in view will not produce satisfactory or high quality results. To restore properly, all the water must be extracted.
Training to Find Unseen Water
This water that is out of site, not visible to the naked eye, can be detected by the Pro using up to date 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 professional is advisable, and I would say Essential.
If you have a clothes washer overflow and floods five gallons of water on your floor, 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 a office too quickly 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.